On November 1, 2018, we started a Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service. The City of Walla Walla continues to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance service to the City of College Place, as does Walla Walla Fire District #4, depending on location. This tiered response allows the Emergency Medical System (EMS) to send the most appropriate level of care to each call for service. In doing so, it will enable the system to assist more citizens by adding additional ambulances to the community.
The three larger Fire / EMS departments in the valley continue to work on ways to provide the best level of care quickly to our community, no matter the jurisdiction.
Now that we have been running the service for five years, we have been able to look at trends in call volume and volunteer staffing. It was identified that additional staffing was needed to support our volunteers and booster times when statistics showed that we have the highest chance of overlapping calls. Meaning we will need to staff multiple ambulances to cover calls that occur at the same time.
The City is evaluating creating an Ambulance Utility fee to fund additional four team members. These members dramatically boost service delivery; we now staff our agency with two full-time personnel 24/7 to support our growing community.
In 2022, our first responders were dispatched 2046 times to assist our community members. This could not have been done without the support of our community. Thank you for giving us the opportunity and resources to serve you.A letter from the Mayor is here.
In The News
- Questions Abound on CP Ambulance Idea (7-20-17)
- College Place Officials are rethinking Ambulance Service (2-13-18)
- College Place Eyes its own Ambulance Transport (1-11-18)
- With an Overworked Staff, College Place Considers Ambulance Utility to Shore Up Staff (10-13-21)
Please contact Mr. David Winter - Fire Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org
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