Fire Department Picks New Grant-Funded Ambulance; Water Board Approves of Purchase

Cal Fire has chosen the model of their new $210,000 ambulance that is funded by a grant from two native tribes.

After accepting a in July, the water board approved of the purchase of an amublance by the fire department at Tuesday's water district meeting.

The new vehicle is a Ford F-450 Lifeline Emergency Vehicle Type 1 167-foot Superliner Module Ambulance. The water district asked the Board of Directors to approve the purchase of the vehicle, which cost just under $210,000–the no-matching grant given to the district from the Barona Band of Mission Indians and Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation.

Jack Wethey, EMS coordinator, told the board that the vehicle was carefully chosen over the past two months.

"Two firefighters and myself looked at all the options we thought would best serve our community," Wethey told the board. "We put a lot of time and effort... looking at all the details."

Wethey said the medics rode in various models to see what they liked and even asked for input from neighboring fire departments.

"We talked to Vista Fire and Carlsbad Fire and Las Vegas Fire to see what they liked best and worked for them," Wethey said. "I think we came up with the best choice we could."

The fire department says the ride quality in the patient care area was notably better in the Ford F-450 Type 1 Superliner ambulance than the others they tested. A smoother, quieter ride will make a difference in patient comfort and make caring for the patient easier.

A Ford Extended Warranty purchase was also recommended to the board and is included in the grant funds.

The fire department expressed "sincere appreciation" to the San Diego Indian Gaming Local Commmunity Benefit Committee, as well as the chairmen for the Barona Band of Mission Indians and Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation.

Director Kit Kesinger moved to approve the purchase of the ambulance and Vice President Darrell Beck seconded the motion. The item unanimously passed.

Tim T September 12, 2012 at 01:14 PM
A new ambulance... that great. Thank you to Barona and Sycuan folks for their generosity. What we REALLY need is a hospital in this town.
Jolinda September 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I would love to hear more about our caring neighbors, the Barona Band of Mission Indians and Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation. I would love to know of their history, their territory and number of members and other projects they have been involved with in our shared communities. I know Barona has a couple of buildings that appear to be public, is there a place we can go to see artifacts and native art and learn more of their ways? This is a very generous donation - has their been sufficient public recognition that perhaps I missed? Thank you for your good article here!
Melissa Phy September 12, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Thanks, Jolinda. I think your suggestion for a story on our neighbors is a great idea! In the meantime, you can check out native art here: http://www.baronamuseum.org/collections. The museum usually does a special "Meet the Artist" event once a month on a Saturday where you get to hear from a native artist and check out their work. Hope this helps and thanks again for the story suggestion! Best, Melissa
Marla Fryman September 12, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Huge thanks to them for the generous grant! If ever a time comes that one needs an ambulance, I'm glad to know that we have good equipment here in Ramona. My son fell while working in his truck bed in July. Broken rib, internal bleeding, and so on. Our Fire Dept and Ambulance arrived in minutes. I don't know that there was anything lacking in the "old" ambulance that he was transported in, but, I do know that we were glad to see them arrive! I agree with Tim T., but, I don't think our community could support a full blown hospital. I am glad to know that there will at least be an Urgent Care here sometime next year. That's huge!
Dennis Hull September 13, 2012 at 07:20 AM
A lot of people "badmouth" the local Indian casinos in the area, but overall, they are a big plus for not only their tribe members, but also society in general. I know there are some people with a gambling "problem" (just like alcohol) and the proximity of the gambling halls makes it worse for them, but I think most locals enjoy the occasional fun of a good meal or gambling entertainment. And these local casinos ARE good neighbors and do share their profits with the community!


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