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Beginning Wednesday, July 19, a seventh ambulance enters service with the Broken Arrow Fire Department (BAFD). The new ambulance will be housed at Fire Station 7, located at Elm Place and Edgewater Street.
The addition of a seventh ambulance will help BAFD reduce response times. More than 75 percent of the calls to the fire department are medical in nature, so there is a significant need to increase the ability to serve those calls.
“We strive to provide the highest level of customer service to our citizens, and adding another ambulance with our highly trained and dedicated firefighter/paramedics will further enhance our mission,” said Fire Chief Jeremy Moore. “The seventh ambulance will provide more complete EMS coverage to the entire city and our cross-trained personnel will also be utilized for fire calls as needed.”
With Ambulance 7 and the recent graduation of 19 firefighters, the City of Broken Arrow is now able to provide improved service to citizens.
Fire Station 7 opened in January 2016 with only a fire engine. Thanks to voter approval of the Vision sales tax renewal and two FEMA SAFER grants received by the fire department, the City now has a sufficient number of firefighter/paramedics to add the new ambulance.
Initially, the new ambulance will be an older reserve unit until the city receives three new ambulances, which the City Council approved for purchase at its July 18 meeting. These new ambulances will be used to replace older ambulances in the fleet, including the reserve used for Ambulance 7.
Ambulances have a useful life of only about 5 years and/or 100,000 miles. To keep its fleet current, BAFD needs to purchase three new trucks every other year for the next eight years, and begin refurbishing three units every other year.