The Nampa Fire Department and the Canyon County paramedics will share a building in east Nampa, providing a more strategic approach to delivering emergency medical care.
The Canyon County Ambulance District deploys paramedics from eight locations throughout the county, including four locations in Nampa. Paramedics are now based at Station 5 on Happy Valley Road, sharing space with the Nampa Fire Department.
Nampa Fire Chief Karl Malott said the two emergency response agencies have worked closely together since they entered into a joint agreement in 2012. The idea to offer space in Station 5, which has only housed a fire crew and trucks in the past, grew from that cooperative spirit.
The space was available at Station 5 and the two agencies already have a shared medical control physician, common protocols, standardized medical reporting and they are moving to standardized supplies and equipment.
“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.”
There are additional advantages for an ambulance to be located on Happy Valley, Paramedic Chief Robb Hickey said.
“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.”
“I think we have started the conversation and are looking at other opportunities to share expenses, facilities, resources and co-mingle dollars to take advantage of the synergies resulting from our continued cooperation,” Hickey said.