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New Fire Truck And Ambulance Now Operating In City Of Sacramento

The City of Sacramento has increased fire and ambulance services in Natomas and South Sacramento.

The Sacramento Fire Department has added a ladder truck in Natomas and an ambulance on Franklin Boulevard.

Sac Fire's Chris Harvey says previously, the closest ladder truck to the area was three-and-a-half miles.

"The importance of adding a truck out there is we now have several buildings that are over three, four, five stories tall. So, in event of major fire, you need a truck company in order to have that ladder to get up on the roof."

Harvey says some of the city's ambulances are responding to too many calls.

"The national standard for call volume for an ambulance should be right around 3,000-to-3,500 calls per -year, per-ambulance and we have four ambulances in the city of Sacramento that ran over 6,000 calls last year."

Four other ambulances responded to 5,000 calls last year.

The ambulance and two firefighters per shift will staff Station 57 at a cost of about half-a-million dollars annually.

A ladder truck is now based at Station 43 in Natomas at a cost of about $1 million a year.

Last year, the Sacramento City Council requested and voted to approve more fire services using Measure U funding.


Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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