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Nampa paramedics / fire department share space

Posted at 5:22 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 19:35:35-04

In order to serve the community better, Canyon County Paramedics will keep an ambulance in the Nampa Fire Department Fire Station 5 on Happy Valley Road in Nampa.

In an opening ceremony held at the station, Nampa Fire Chief Karl Malott explained that both agencies have worked closely together since entering a joint agreement formed in 2012 in order to find ways to share resources, become more efficient, and have better response times.

“This partnership will definitely save the taxpayers’ money by reducing the need for construction of facilities that can be easily co-located,” Malott said. “It saves the paramedics from having to build a station in East Nampa near the Interstate.”

Paramedic Chief Robb Hickey explained that the increased medical need is critical as the surrounding area builds up with both businesses and home.

“With the build out of Saint Alphonsus Health Plaza on Garrity, quick ambulance access to the north of the freeway as well as the Garrity interchange is necessary,” Hickey said. “And it helps address continued growth of the area surrounding the Ford Idaho Center and Vallivue’s Ridgevue High School that opens next fall.”