Chico ambulances go to Liberia to help with Ebola outbreak

Oct 7, 2014 8:35 PM

Bob Hall has donated nearly a dozen ambulances built for the streets of California to West Africa. He says it all started during the Summer of 2013 when there was an opportunity he knew he couldn't pass up.

"A Congressman from Liberia was in Chico and he has a relationship with our pastor at church and he was visiting our church and he was on the Healthcare Committee in Liberia." says Bob Hall the Assistant Chief from First Responder in Butte County. "These trucks have lived their life through service in Butte County and Sacramento. They have a lot of mileage on them and so we were in the process of retiring them when this opportunity rose."

He says First Responder Emergency Medical Services of Butte and Sacramento County had plans to retire roughly a dozen ambulances and instead of going to scrap they are being donated.

"There was one ambulance in the Capitol of Monrovia which is 500,000 plus if not a million people."

Hall says a Liberian Congressman is picking up the tab to transport the ambulances to Liberia, the country worst hit by the Ebola epidemic.

"God works miracles and the amazing thing about it is he had the timing all along, we started this this time last year this time and the very first ambulances arrived in Liberia in February and the Ebola outbreak happened I believe in March."

Hall says in three months when the last two donated ambulances reach Africa there will be a total of 12 retired ambulances from Butte and Sacramento County helping the people of Liberia.


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