Sierra Ambulance provides paramedic ambulance service to the communities of eastern Madera County, CA. We are located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains 18 miles south of Yosemite National Park, and 50 miles north of Fresno on State Route 41. We serve the communities of Oakhurst, Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, North Fork, Coarsegold, Yosemite Lakes, Raymond, Fish Camp, O Neals, and portions of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest; over 1,000 square miles in all. The total population of all of these communities is just over 30,000. Sierra Ambulance is a non-profit corporation founded in 1964.
It is the continuing mission of Sierra Ambulance Service to provide the highest quality emergency and non-emergency pre-hospital care to the sick and injured. This care extends beyond ambulance transportation and includes community education and involvement in programs that reduce injury, illness, and death in our community.
We are committed to our patients. We will: Provide high-quality care in a courteous manner to every patient. Make all treatment, transport and destination decisions based on the patient’s best interest. Be compassionate, courteous and cooperative to the patient, his/her family and the other caregivers involved. Always drive in a safe and courteous manner.
We are committed to the community. We will: Continuously strive to improve our level of service. Actively serve the community through education and prevention programs. Cooperate with Allied agencies to develop new ways to meet the health and safety needs of the community. Provide excellent equipment and training. Be "response ready".
We are committed to each other. Each of us is a unique and valuable resource, and we will guard each others’ safety and well being. Each one of us is responsible to: Treat each other with courtesy and respect. Actively support professional and personal growth. Promote a fair and pleasant work environment. To this end Sierra Ambulance will offer competitive wages and benefits.
We are committed to Sierra Ambulance. We will: Remember our history with pride while we plan for the future. Project an excellent public image. Safeguard our financial future.
As a non-profit corporation, all of the revenue raised is used 100% to support the operation of the Service. Key to the financial success of Sierra is the Family Membership Program. For $65 dollars a year per household, a family can purchase an Ambulance Membership. It covers the cost of ambulance transport from within Sierra's service area to any area hospital in Madera, Fresno or Mariposa County. It is immediately renewable. Why should you join if you have insurance? Simply, many insurance plans have a deductible, a co-pay, or a maximum benefit well below the actual cost of service. Likewise, many insurers look backward after the fact and determine whether or not the ambulance was justified. Your claim could be denied. Your membership would cover you in this case. The membership program provides a benefit to those who may need its coverage; it also helps Sierra raise money to purchase new ambulances and equipment. Those interested in purchasing a family membership may phone the office at 559-475-9846 or download the membership form available here: Membership.pdf
Emergency Medical Technician skills sheets
Physician Ordered Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Forms and Information
Sierra Ambulance offers a wide array of classes available to the community and to professional health care workers. Our current offerings include:
We offer many on-line courses with skills testing. All of our classes include Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. Our courses are approved by the American Heart Association and Continuing Education Credits are provided upon request. Some basic classes are offered without charge while others involve a fee commensurate with certification. To schedule a class, or if you have class related questions, contact Jeremy Kern at 760-9281 or William Hartley at 559-658-1052.
We also provide guest speakers for schools, church groups and community organizations. Please call the business office at (559) 475-9821 for more information.
There is an urgent need in Eastern Madera County for an ambulance service. A committee was formed of the Oakhurst Chamber, Sierra Kiwanis, North Fork Boosters, and chaired by Harry Baker of Sierra Telephone. The committee announced the formation of the non-profit Sierra Ambulance Service in March of 1964. In the same year a membership drive raised $2,000 in approximately 2 months. At this time memberships were $5.00 and covered a $50.00 to $75.00 trip. Harry Baker fronted $1300 for a 1954 Cadillac high-top ambulance from Reedley with 80,000 miles (June 64).
The current 23 volunteers begin to receive $15 per call and membership was up to 600 members (July 69). A one-ton van was purchased for $12,000. The amount of volunteers now is up to 30 and the first EMT-1s are hired. Memberships now cost $12 (January 73). The station for engine 12 is built and housed the ambulance (January 77). Sierra Health Associates and Supervisor Don Darnell receive a $25,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation to build a second station. The new bay will be located off of Hwy 49 near the Living Center (March 81).
The first Paramedic is hired (July 85). The service runs approximately 65 calls per month (August 86). New living quarters are added to the two-bay station and the staff is now paid "hour for hour" instead of $35 per call. A new ambulance is purchased for $100,000, fully equipped. There are now five full-time Paramedics, one full time EMT-1 and nine part-time EMT-1s (October 1988). The new station located on Winding Way off of Hwy 41 is built (August 2000).
A station is built at Bass Lake (June 03). In 2014 Sierra Ambulance celebrated it's 50th anniversary. The service is called to respond to approximately 4,200 calls per year (January 16).
40755 Winding Way
Po Box 2307
Phone:(559)475-9821 or (559) 642-0650
Fax: (559) 412-5395