GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview does not have its own ambulance service and is served by two different ambulance services, the city of Sunnyside and Prosser Memorial Hospital.
As a result, the city's firefighters are its first responders, providing those in need of medical aid with pre-hospital care in the field.
This, according to Candace Hamilton and Dr. Juan Acosta of the Yakima County Department of Emergency Management, involves a high level of training and cooperation on the part of the city's firefighters.
The duo was at last night's Grandview City Council meeting to recognize the fire department and its personnel for providing quality service to the residents.
The Grandview Fire Department was named the 2012 Agency of the Year by all the agencies within the county because personnel within those agencies believe the department has done an exceptional job.
"The Grandview Fire Department consistently goes above and beyond," said Hamilton, when reading a nomination letter.
She said the department was recognized for its involvement in community events, as well as its commitment to providing its facilities for training to other agencies.
Hamilton said the department is also committed to providing excellent care to patients in need of medical aid.
Grandview Fire Chief Pat Mason said, "This isn't me...it's the guys in the department. I know the agencies in the county and they are all great...I am grateful that they took the time to do that (recognize Grandview)."
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Yakima County Department of Emergency Management's Candace Hamilton and Dr. Juan Acosta present Grandview Fire Chief Pat Mason (far left) with the Agency of the Year Award. The Grandview Fire Department was presented the award on behalf of all the agencies in Yakima County.
1 Jennie McGhan 6/14/2012 6:57 AM