The need for an ambulance service in the Marseilles area was brought about by a local
group of concerned citizens. The city and surrounding areas worked together to ensure that
the citizens in the area had an ambulance service with fully trained emergency medical staff to
meet the needs of a growing community. 58 volunteers received first aid training and EMT
certification.  MAAS officially went into service on November 21, 1974. In 1975 a second
ambulance was added.

In 2004 the department upgraded the services provided from Basic Life Support to
Intermediate Life Support. In 2005 the service went to a paid full time department to meet
the demands of increasing emergency calls with in house 24/7coverage. In November 2009
the department celebrated its 35th anniversary and upgraded our services to a Paramedic
Over the years many dedicated volunteers have spent the time away from families and their
homes to provide aid to fellow citizens. This type of dedication is carried on throughout our
employees to this day.