Foley Ambulance was formed in 1973 by the
Koehle family and acquired in 1978 by James R. Sundie known as
Initially the service ran out of his residence with
only one ambulance; with strong community support the company
Fairhope Ambulance was formed in 1972 by
Gary Sandell and served the City of Fairhope and surrounding
area with a Station Wagon type ambulance.
Before long the service developed to three
During the years from 1978
to 1988 the two services grew to serve many areas that
previously were covered by either volunteer or other paid
Foley Ambulance began to cover all communities from
just South of Stapleton to the Gulf of Mexico and from the
Florida State line to Fish River; whereas, at the same time
Fairhope Ambulance began serving from the Spanish
Fort/Crossroads Area to the Barnwell community and from Fish
River to Mobile Bay.
In 1988 the two services changed their names to give a
better depiction of the areas served; Foley Ambulance became
Medstar and Fairhope Ambulance became Lifestar.
By this point both Rick Sundie and Gary
Sandell had built time tested relationships that are still
Furthermore, there were some of the most revered medics
in the business employed by the two companies.
In 1995 the two companies merged and then
Medstar became the primary provider from Stapleton South to
the Gulf of Mexico and from the Florida State line to the
Mobile County line.
In 1996 Medstar was sold to a national company. After a
few years it seemed that the national company had lost site of
the core values established by the company and Rick decided to
purchase the company back and so the second era
In 2000 Medstar officially resumed
operations receiving the first CON for ambulance service in
Baldwin County. April of
2002 brought an addition to the existing area of
North Baldwin Hospital had operated an ambulance
service for approximately 13 years covering the Northern
portion of Baldwin County.
The administration approached Rick about taking over
the area in order for them to cease operations and he
From this point Medstar became the sole provider for
On March 25th 2005 Good Friday turned somber
when our leader, mentor, and friend left this earth to reap
his eternal reward.
Interestingly, the skies opened up with rain shortly
before the funeral began and Baldwin County recorded over 18
inches of rain in a 24-hour period; the heavens even wept for
Johnnie W. Sundie, Rick’s brother took
the reins of the company and leads it to this day serving as
In 2007 Medstar released the previous
North Baldwin area to John and Melissa Sutton whom opened
North Baldwin EMS.
Today, Medstar retains the original
boundaries from the year 2000 when Rick acquired the company
We currently provide Advanced Life Support services
through a fleet of twenty ambulances and three rapid response
vehicles from eight stations strategically located throughout
the jurisdiction. We staff
nine twenty-four hour units, one twelve hour unit, and two ten
hour units that daily serve our citizens.
We currently employ over 130 employees that include
EMTs, EMT/RNs, Advanced EMTs,
Intermediates, Paramedics, and Paramedic/RNs, additionally a
Clinical/Training Department, fleet maintenance division and
an administrative staff are