Historical Photos: Ambulance Service of Manchester #16 Posted on December 2, 2015 by ASM-Aetna MANCHESTER — Year likely 1997. Shown is Alpha 1. At that time Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 were this model ambulance with the distinct mini-mod, curved side style. They were affectionately known by what nickname? Answer: The Ice Cream Trucks Photo courtesy of Mikey Makulis.