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The Shoshone Bannock Tribes have a new “used” ambulance thanks to Bannock County

January 9, 2019

Please join Shoshone Bannock Tribes Fire Department, EMS responders, Tribal officials and staff on Friday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Hall Tribal Business Center in celebration of the receipt of a 1999 ambulance by the Bannock County Ambulance District for use in its fleet.

Fort Hall Fire & EMS (FHFD) operate 3 ambulances; two primary units and the third is a reserve unit. FHFD responded to approximately 1400 emergency medical incidents in the past year. These incidents are in addition to the approximately 300 fire, rescue and hazardous material incidents.

This donation is made possible by the Idaho Emergency Medical Services Equipment Grant which provides helpful funding to replace ambulances throughout Idaho. Pursuant to the execution of the grant once awarded, the receiving agency (Bannock County) can no longer license the vehicle as an ambulance once replaced. This necessitates the ambulance be re-purposed, donated to another agency, or otherwise disposed of.

In receipt of this grant Bannock County Ambulance District acknowledged that the particular ambulance being donated had some life left in it and sought the most beneficial solution for the required disposal.

Bannock County Ambulance District, through its close partnership with the Shoshone Bannock Tribes Fire Department, recognized a fitting re-purpose of the ambulance to meet the grant requirements. This is the second ambulance to be donated by the Board of Commissioners in the past 16 months under this grant opportunity.

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