Karen Hancock, Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sonoma County Fire District Launches New Ground Emergency Ambulance Service for Sonoma County
Fire District will serve additional communities under new contract with County of Sonoma
January 16, 2024 – At 12:01 a.m. today, Sonoma County Fire District (SCFD) launched new emergency medical response and ground ambulance transport services for communities throughout central Sonoma County.
SCFD is a long-time provider of emergency medical response and ambulance transport within its service territory. The newly launched service for these additional communities is the result of a competitively bid five-year contract with the County of Sonoma (County). Under this agreement, SCFD will serve as the exclusive provider of emergency ambulance transport services in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, and Cotati, as well as the communities of Kenwood, Oakmont, Graton, Occidental, Larkfield, and Mark West Springs. The County may extend this contract for an additional five-year term.
“As a local fire agency with deep ties and experience with the community, we are honored and excited to provide emergency medical and ambulance transport services to our neighbors throughout central Sonoma County,” said SCFD Fire Chief Mark Heine.
The new ground ambulance service is being provided through a partnership between SCFD and Medic Ambulance Service (Medic), a highly rated and nationally accredited private ambulance company that provides advanced life support ambulance services in the North San Francisco Bay area.
Added Chief Heine, “With Medic as our partner, we have the skilled personnel, equipment and state-of-the-art technologies to help people in their greatest times of need and partner with the County to promote public health and safety by preventing the loss of life.”
The partnership – branded “SCFD-EMS” – will be staffed by more than 131 dedicated personnel and will deploy 32 vehicles, including ambulances, disaster response command vehicles, ATVs and an Ambulance bus capable of transporting multiple patients in large scale events.
“We are thrilled to partner with Sonoma County Fire District to deliver excellent, compassionate service to the communities of Sonoma County,” said Jimmy Pierson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Medic.
On January 5, SCFD and Medic were joined by more than 100 community members to commemorate the new service launch with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new operations center for SCFD-EMS, located at Corporate Center Parkway in Santa Rosa. Photos and video footage of the event are available upon request.
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About Sonoma County Fire District
As a modern “all risk” fire district, SCFD responds to all types of incidents, such as fire, medical and other emergencies. It provides EMS care across more than 425 square miles of Sonoma County, offering cost-effective, patient-centered, and equitable prehospital care and transport services. SCFD was established in April 2019 after the consolidation of several fire districts (Windsor Fire Protection District, Rincon Valley Fire District, Bennett Valley Fire District, and Mountain Volunteer Fire Department). Since July 2020, three other fire districts joined SCFD (Russian River Fire Protection District, Forestville Fire Protection District, and Bodega Bay Fire Protection District).
About Medic Ambulance
Founded in 1979, Medic is a family-owned private ambulance company that provides emergency and non-emergency medical transportation services in Napa, Yolo, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Placer, and El Dorado counties. With a fleet of more than 130 ambulances and more than 600 employees, Medic brings decades of experience operating large, complex EMS systems. It is the exclusive 911 ambulance provider for all of Solano County (except the City of Vacaville).