Gilbert Fire & Rescue Launches Its First Ambulance Service
Gilbert, Ariz. - Gilbert residents needing medical transport may soon find themselves riding in an ambulance operated by the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department. Today, Monday, November 18th, the department will put its first ambulance, Medic 253, in service. The new ambulance will be crewed by trained civilian emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics out of Fire Station 3, located at 1011 E. Guadalupe Road.
“We are excited to launch our first ambulance service,” said Gilbert Fire and Rescue Chief Jim Jobusch. “Adding ambulance services is in line with Gilbert’s City of the Future initiative, ensuring that if there is a disruption in service from the private sector, we will continue to have the ability to get patients to the hospital when they need it most. Gilbert will continue to work with our private ambulance partner, American Medical Response (AMR), and AMR will remain the primary ambulance transportation service in Gilbert.”
The department’s goal is to maintain fast and efficient response times and the new ambulance will be dispatched the same way all current ambulances have been, keeping the location and proximity as the priority.
Just as you would with any ambulance service, patients served by Medic 253 will receive a bill from Gilbert with the transportation fees set and mandated by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Residents with questions about their bill or about Gilbert’s new ambulance program can visit gilbertaz.gov/Fire.