Escalon Am­bu­lance Crews Join Forces With Ripon FD

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Joint ef­forts be­tween the Ripon Fire Dis­trict and the Escalon Com­mu­nity Am­bu­lance Ser­vice are ex­pected to re­sult in bet­ter ser­vice for the re­gion.

“For the last sev­eral months RCFD and ECA have been join­ing forces to bet­ter serve both com­mu­ni­ties by pool­ing re­sources,” ex­plained Ripon Fire Chief Den­nis Bit­ters.

As part of the ar­range­ment, an Escalon Com­mu­nity Am­bu­lance rig has been post­ing at a RCFD sta­tion that is lo­cated be­tween the two ju­ris­dic­tions, Bit­ters ex­plained, re­sult­ing in bet­ter cov­er­age for both ar­eas.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, when ei­ther pri­mary am­bu­lance in ei­ther Escalon or Ripon is en­gaged, this unit is moved in the ap­pro­pri­ate di­rec­tion to cover un­til the af­fected unit re­turns from the hos­pi­tal,” Bit­ters said. “This is a great ex­am­ple of two com­mu­nity ser­vices work­ing to­gether to en­hance pub­lic safety.”

Escalon Com­mu­nity Am­bu­lance Chief Mike Pi­tassi agreed with the as­sess­ment of Bit­ters, not­ing that the ex­tra cov­er­age is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial in the ru­ral area.

“It’s a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort and it has been work­ing well,” Pi­tassi said.

The ECA am­bu­lance has been sta­tioned at times at the Ripon Sta­tion #2 on Mur­phy Road, close to the Escalon-Ripon line and Pi­tassi said the more cov­er­age that the two agen­cies can pro­vide com­bined, the bet­ter.

“It’s an ef­fort that’s work­ing on be­half of both of us,” Pi­tassi said.

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