HORTON

COMPANY TIMELINE

DECADES OF MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE

Ever since Carl Horton established Horton Emergency Vehicles in 1968, we’ve never stopped pushing the boundaries for what ambulances can accomplish, how crews can interact with them, and the safety our ambulances provide to those who don’t think about themselves when it matters most.

Explore our company timeline below to see 50 years of the industry’s most innovative ambulance manufacturing throughout the decades.

1968

Carl Horton establishes Horton Emergency Vehicles, recognizing a need in the industry for better equipped emergency vehicles. Horton develops the first van ambulance, pioneering the transition from hearse-based transport.

1973

Our Type I and Type III, two new models of ambulances, give EMTs more room to work in an all-aluminum modular body.

1974

Horton establishes reputation for testing, analyzing module performance during HYGE sled test.

Critical Care vehicles are introduced to the EMS industry, giving medics access to all necessary equipment en route.

1975

The industry's first CPR seat configuration with center mounted cot is introduced by Horton.

1976

Horton develops the first combination rescue/ambulance vehicle.

1981

Horton assesses safety and efficacy of newest innovations through second round of testing in company history.

1983

All-aluminum cabinetry is introduced by Horton engineering, reinforcing interior structure and reducing the transmission of blood-borne pathogens.

1984

Quickly known for its durability and strength, Horton introduces a new Medium Duty ambulance to the market, the first unit sold to Lexington, KY.

1990

Horton engineering develops System 2000, the first programmable solid state electrical system.

1991

Horton's third round of testing continues to influence Horton safety and innovation.

2000

Horton tests for a fourth time in company history.

2001

Protecting EMS personnel from potential injuries during highway or traffic calls, Horton introduces silhouette safety lighting.

2002

Horton updates the modern electronic system, providing the first multiplexed solid state electronics system.

2004

Horton celebrates its fifth year of voluntary testing.

The newest Horton innovations include a crash-resistant step, anti-microbial grab rails/panels, and quiet metal floors.

2007

Our Vi-Tech system takes mounting a step further - raising the module off the chassis and outside the wheel wells, providing a quiet, safe ride and improved handling.

2008

Third-party testing validates the integrity of the Horton cabin to ECE R29, SAE J2420 an SAE J422 standards.

2009

The Horton Occupant Protection System (HOPS) leads rollover safety programs with a systematic approach including air bags, progressive resistance padding and three-point restraint seat belts.

2010

Horton introduces heated floor, providing a more comfortable and targeted interior temperature control.

2011

Horton adopts lean manufacturing practices, transition from bay-build to single-flow assembly.

2012

CG-Tech and Carbon Fiber offer alternatives to Formica, featuring interiors that won't crack, scratch or delaminate.

Horton imbeds lighting strips into chevron pattern on back of ambulance, improving appearance and safety.

2013

COOL-Tech™ introduces new standard in HVAC system, operated by ECO smart controller.

2014

Building upon a tradition of safety lighting, Horton introduces LED marker lights and dual-color LED strip lights, offering maximum visibility for users when responding to a call.

Intelliplex i4G™, Horton’s 4th generation multiplex electrical system debuts at FDIC, leading the industry in electrical innovation with integrated mobile app.