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Ambulance Utility

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 allows the system to assist more citizens at a time by adding additional ambulances to the community. During the initial start up of the new BLS service the Fire Department has not changed its staffing model. Additional staff may be needed in the future as the service develops, however we will always rely on our community volunteers to be the back bone of the organization.

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. 

The City is evaluating creating a Ambulance Utility due to the stresses the additional call volumes as of late has put on the City Fire/Ambulance Service. The City currently staffs each shift with 1 full time firefighter and volunteers. A letter from the Mayor is here

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Questions About the Ambulance Study? 

Please contact Mr. David Winter - Fire Chief at dwinter@cpwa.us 
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Proposed Ambulance Utility Unit Rate Discussion (2021) 3 documents
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This document outlines the budget breakdown of the proposed Ambulance Utility
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This document outlines the costs within the Ambulance utility.
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This document goes over the advantages vs. disadvantages of the three methods of charging units.
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Historical Content 4 documents
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Ordinance establishing rates for ambulance service in 1985.
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Resolution increasing ambulance trip rates in 1988.
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Discontinuance of City of College Place Ambulance Service for the City of Walla Walla service in 1989.
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College Place City Council meeting minutes where ambulance discussed in 1987 and 1988.
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Interjurisdictional Correspondence 3 documents
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Correspondence from the City of Walla Walla to Walla Walla County regarding the EMS Levy - May 2018.
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This letter is from the Walla Walla County Commissioners to the City of Walla Walla dated June 2018 pertaining to the EMS Levy
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College Place Ambulance Service Study 5 documents
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Powerpoint presentation which provides cursory overview of options available should the City of College Place provide Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance Services with volunteers supplemented with paid staffing.
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Official license for the City to provide Basic Life Support Service.
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Letter granting Basic Life Support License from the State of Washington.
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Draft study pertaining to a Basic Life Support Ambulance Utility in the City of College Place.
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Final document from Ambulance Utility investigation from September 2018.
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Walla Walla Ambulance Utility Study 1 documents
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FCS Group completed a utility rate study for the City of Walla Walla's Ambulance Service.
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