Established in 1964, Sierra Ambulance is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing emergency medical care to the residents and visitors of Eastern Madera County. Sierra Ambulance will be celebrating 50 years of service next year.
This organization provides service to all of Eastern Madera County and portions of Mariposa County. Boundaries include the 22 mile house to the south, Wawona and a Glacier Point to the north, the Mariposa County line to the west and the Fresno County Line to the east, including North Fork and much of the Sierra National Forest back country.
It operates six fully equipped paramedic ambulances from three separate locations: Oakhurst, Coarsegold and Bass Lake. Three ambulances are staffed full time, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Additional ambulances are staffed as needed based on 9-1-1 activity.
During 2013, Sierra Ambulance responded to more than 3,600 requests for help and transported more than 2,400 patients to area hospitals.
The ambulance services are funded primarily through patient and insurance billing, but as a non-profit organization, the service does fund raise as well. A key component to the fundraising effort is the Ambulance Membership Program.
A membership in Sierra Ambulance can be purchased for $65 a year. The membership covers that portion of the cost of one ambulance transport for you or a family member residing in your home that is not covered by insurance usually co-pays or deductibles. If there is no insurance, or the insurance company denies the claim, the ambulance membership will cover the entire cost.
Sierra Ambulance memberships are available throughout the year.
For a family membership enrollment form, see sierraambulance.org. The completed application and payment can be sent to Sierra Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 2307, Oakhurst, Calif. 93644. Details: (559) 642-0650, business office.