In 1971, a Forest Hills man died while waiting over 2 hours for an ambulance to arrive. This event triggered a group of Forest Hills residents who were concerned by the long response times of New York City municipal ambulances, to organize a volunteer ambulance corps to better serve their community.
The first headquarters of the FHVAC was located at 102-23 Metropolitan Avenue. It was in the storefront of the local Democratic Club. Anne Barbasso, was appointed as FHVACs first president. Annes sister, Jackie, designed the green and white circle patch which still remains as the official logo and patch of the FHVAC. In 1972, the first year of service, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps (or FHVAC) responded to 43 calls for assistance. By 1973, the number had climbed to 275, 408 in 1974, 528 in 1975, and 724 in 1976.