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KINGSBURG – The city of Kingsburg has a new ambulance and other life-saving equipment thanks to a grant from the Kingsburg Tri-County Health District.

Health Care District Chairman Arlie Rogers said the board is proud to partner with Kingsburg’s Fire Department to help provide high quality, first-responder care for district residents. It’s especially meaningful as they know the firefighters first hand and how important the ambulance and other equipment is to the department.

“We know the Fire Department personally and know how much they truly care about the health and well-being of our community,” Rogers said. “It is our hope and desire to continue partnering with them and other organizations to serve the health needs of every person in our district.”

Tri-County Health Care District’s grant of more than $350,000 provided for the purchase of a new ambulance, auto-load cots and other equipment.

The new ambulance was presented during a recent City Council meeting. The 2019 Freightliner heavy-rescue, type one ambulance allows for additional equipment such as the Jaws of Life to be available for emergencies. The ambulance will also be equipped with auto-load cots for the safety of the paramedics/EMTS and the patients.

Kingsburg Fire Chief Tim Ray said their department responds to approximately 1,900 emergency calls each year. This is 80 percent of their calls, thus having this additional ambulance will do much to enhance the care of residents. Their entire department is grateful for the grants, he said.

“We now can have confidence and pride to respond with the best of equipment to the needs of the district which is not just Kingsburg, but also in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties, as well as our neighboring cities.”

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