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Ambulance system worked flawlessly
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Thank you for the noted irony last week regarding an Escalon Community Ambulance responding into Manteca.
Perhaps a better understanding of the ambulance response to the gentleman who fell last week would provide a success story to an idea presented in the 1950s. Manteca District Ambulance (MDA) participates in the System Status Management (SSM) plan of San Joaquin County with all of the ground ambulance providers including American Medical Response (AMR), Escalon Community Ambulance (ECA), and Ripon Consolidated Fire District (RCFD). This plan provides seamless coverage of all communities within San Joaquin County when a districts ambulance provider is depleted because of emergency calls, non-emergency calls, and inter-facility transfers.
The SSM plan worked exactly as designed for this gentleman. When we (Manteca District Ambulance) dropped to zero ambulances in our district, Escalon Community Ambulance immediately moved closer to Manteca to provide coverage until one of our ambulances was available to respond. When this gentleman fell and the     9-1-1 system was activated Escalon Community Ambulance was at a preplanned, strategic location for ambulance responses into Manteca. Within 2 minutes and 39 seconds of the 9-1-1 call Escalon Community Ambulance Paramedics were on scene caring for this gentleman. The citizens of San Joaquin County and those traveling along our roadways should be proud of the camaraderie shared between MDA, AMR, ECA, and RCFD.
Regardless of where we are based, the EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters of these agencies will answer the call. Forethought by one of our original (and still active) board of directors proved beneficial when they needed it most. 

Jonathan Mendoza
Manteca District
Ambulance Service