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Kirkwood gets a new ride

It’s summer but the Kirkwood Fire Department is already preparing for winter with Thursday’s arrival of a new 4-wheel-drive ambulance.

The $20,000 ambulance has the ability to cut through snow.

“It’s bigger and more stable. And we get a lot of snow up here,” Director Peter Tabacco said.



The new rig was funded through Alpine and Amador counties, the U.S. Forest Service and Kirkwood Community Services District. The district shares the two-story building on Kirkwood Meadows Drive with the 15-member volunteer fire department.

Tabacco expects his staff and the ambulance to receive a lot of action in both winter and summer, but he hasn’t finished with his wish list of grant-funded projects. The unit could use another engine to accompany the one it has now, he said.



The emergency services staff averages about 18 calls in a given month.

“We’re already starting to see an increase in calls,” he said, pointing to the traditional boost in activity over the Fourth of July holiday.

To support its efforts, the Barton Memorial Hospital-run clinic at the Kirkwood Mountain Resort opened for the weekends that flank the holiday.


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