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

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Questions About the Ambulance Utility? 

Please contact Mr. David Winter - Fire Chief at dwinter@cpwa.us 
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Interjurisdictional Correspondence3 documents

  • Letter  City of WW to County Regarding EMS Levy - May 2018
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    Correspondence from the City of Walla Walla to Walla Walla County regarding the EMS Levy - May 2018.
  • Letter WW County to City of WW - June 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

Walla Walla Ambulance Utility Study1 document

  • WWFD EMS Study.pdf
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    FCS Group completed a utility rate study for the City of Walla Walla's Ambulance Service.

College Place Ambulance Service Study5 documents

  • AmbulanceUtility FCS CP.pdf
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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.
  • State BLS License
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    Official license for the City to provide Basic Life Support Service.
  • State Letter Granting BLS License
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    Letter granting Basic Life Support License from the State of Washington.
  • College Place Draft Ambulance Utility Study - June 2018
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    Draft study pertaining to a Basic Life Support Ambulance Utility in the City of College Place.
  • College Place Ambulance Utility Study: September 2018
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    Final document from Ambulance Utility investigation from September 2018.

Historical Content4 documents

  • Ordinance 571 - Establishing Rates for Ambulance Service
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    Ordinance establishing rates for ambulance service in 1985.
  • Resolution 336 - Ambulance Rates
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    Resolution increasing ambulance trip rates in 1988.
  • Resolution 348 - Discontinuance of Ambulance Service
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    Discontinuance of City of College Place Ambulance Service for the City of Walla Walla service in 1989.
  • Meeting Minutes 1987 to 1988.
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    College Place City Council meeting minutes where ambulance discussed in 1987 and 1988.

Proposed Ambulance Utility Unit Rate Discussion (2021)5 documents

  • Utility Rate Analysis Spreadsheet
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    This document outlines the budget breakdown of the proposed Ambulance Utility
  • Proposed Utility Budget Breakdown
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    This document outlines the costs within the Ambulance utility.
  • Advantages vs. Disadvantages Document
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    This document goes over the advantages vs. disadvantages of the three methods of charging units.
  • Utility Rate Comparison Between Key Users (April 2022)
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    Spreadsheet detailing impact on key users based upon rate options.
  • Proposed Options - Unit Calculations (April 2022)
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    Proposed Rate Options - Unit Calculations (April 2022)