The earliest records available indicate that Homedale Ambulance began in 1946. At
that time, it was a separate entity, but is now part of the Homedale Rural Fire Protection District. Homedale Ambulance is licensed as an EMT-Basic unit, with a total of 16 members.
Our response district borders the northern part of Owyhee County where the
Snake River enters Oregon. We also have dual-jurisdiction with Canyon County
Paramedics in the southwestern part of Canyon County. Homedale is a rural farm
community, approx. 50 square miles, with approximately 5,000 patrons. Our ambulance service provides patients with Basic Life Support services. Since Owyhee County has no licensed ALS services, we rendezvous with Canyon County Paramedics whenever we have a patient that needs advanced life support. Our rapport with Canyon County Paramedics is very important to the patrons that we serve. We have patients every year that would never make it to the hospital alive if it weren't for the important interventions that an advanced life support unit provides.
We also utilize air ambulance services, when needed, from Life Flight or Air St. Lukes. Our Rural Fire District Board of Commissioners provides free Life Flight memberships each year to all members of our Department.
In August 2004, we were excited to receive our new 2004 Type 3 Med Tec ambulance. We kept our 1994 Type 1 Med Tec ambulance as a 2nd unit, and have utilized it many times in the past year when our 1st unit was already on a call. We feel that this has been an important addition that allows us to serve our community even more efficiently.
We further serve our community by doing standbys at several local events. This includes the annual 4th of July Demolition Derby, the Owyhee County Rodeo, and the High School home football games.
In October 2000 our members transitioned from strictly volunteer to compensated
volunteers. This has been good for the morale of our members who lead busy lives
already without adding an average 1-1/2 to 2-hour ambulance run to their day. In July 2004 we began compensating an Ambulance Administrator who oversees the operations of our EMS system.
Homedale Ambulance Service
Ambulance Administrator: Teresa Uranga-Ryska