The Lake Region Ambulance Service recently made a very generous donation to the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

The Lake Region Ambulance Service recently made a very generous donation to the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

They gave them one of their ambulances rather than trading it in on the purchase of a new one.

The vehicle, valued at between $30,000 and $35,000 will cost the DLVFD only about $5,000 to get it ready for them to use. That’s quite a savings for the city.

According to Devils Lake Fire Chief Jim Moe this isn’t the first time they’ve done it, either. Approximately 14 years ago the ambulance service donated one of their ambulances to the fire department and they’ve used it ever since.

Now that one is being donated by the fire department to the police department to be used by their SWAT team.

Moe says the ambulance is fairly new, a 2015 model, but it does have a lot of miles on it. It will go to each fire or emergency event that the department responds to and provides a place where firefighters can take a few minute’s rest, sit down, have their vitals checked, rehydrate - like a first aid station - while they are battling a blaze or working in difficult weather. The fire chief said that it has become an important facet to being a first responder, making sure your people are monitored and remaining healthy and fit while working an incident. Fortunately, many of the city’s firefighters are also paramedics, so they can provide the monitoring needed.

For anything more serious, the Lake Region Ambulance Service is present as well.

They have offered the unit to respond to Devils Lake Rural Fire Department incidents, too, so their volunteers can also take advantage of its services for firefighters.

A secondary use for the unit will be for P.R., Moe added. It will be used as a promotional aid for the fire department parked wherever people gather at special events and driven in parades to remind the residents that volunteers are vital to the fire department and the community.

Moe said the donation was a decision of Doug Lawson and the Lake Region Ambulance Board of Directors. He wanted residents of Devils Lake and the Lake Region to know about their generosity.