Buena Vista Rancheria Fire Department now offers Advanced Life Support services.

The CAL FIRE/Buena Vista Rancheria Fire Department is now officially the first fire department in Amador County to offer Advanced Life Support (ALS) services.

The department announced last week that as of October 10, the fire station and its engines would be staffed on a full-time basis with paramedics certified in Advance Life Support.

The Buena Vista Rancheria Fire Department opened earlier this year under the auspices of CAL FIRE and the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk. The Rancheria funded the new station as part of the requirements for opening the new Harrah’s Northern California casino on the Rancheria.

The station is located on Coal Mine Road immediately adjacent to the casino property, serving the Buena Vista Rancheria and surrounding area.

Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a range of more difficult medical techniques such as tracheal intubation, intravenous injection of drugs, and cardiac monitoring, which are distinguished from basic life support techniques such as CPR, providing oxygen with a mask or monitoring vital signs.

The Rancheria provides funding for the new fire station as part of the Intergovernmental Services Agreement between Amador County and the Tribe under which the casino is operated. The agreement requires compensation for fire protection and emergency services, as well as police protection, road construction and repair and a general payment of $1 million annually to the county for a Community Improvement Fund.