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The Chiloquin Volunteer Ambulance Service, known as CVAS, was established in 1956 and has grown to what it is today.

The service was incorporated in 1983 as a not-for-profit corporation. The service operates 24 hours a day seven days a week to provide emergency medical services to the community via the 911 Emergency System.

Chiloquin Ambulance Crew 1956
Chiloquin Ambulance Crew 1980
©CVAS

As the name implies, this is primarily a volunteer organization. As you might imagine, we are constantly seeking the participation of local people who would like to become part of CVAS. There is no pay, however, the satisfaction comes from the ability to provide a service to the community. This in itself can be very rewarding. Currently the service has 15 volunteers.

Active members include: one paid EMT-Paramedic, hired in September 2001 and 14 EMT's, First Responders and Drivers.

What is an EMT? Emergency Medical Technicians are highly trained medical personnel who spent many hours in classrooms and in medical facilities to learn and perfect their skills in providing emergency medical care to the sick and injured. First Responders are also trained, to a lesser degree, in providing emergency care to the sick and injured, as well as providing assistance to more highly trained emergency medical personnel. Together, these people are the core of CVAS.

The Ambulance Service Area, known as ASA, is assigned by the Klamath County Board of Commissioners. This board assigns and monitors all ambulance services in Klamath County. The Chiloquin Ambulance Service Area covers approximately 1150 square miles of Klamath County. The boundaries of the service area stretch from the west of Chiloquin east to milepost 24 on Sprague River Road, and running north from Sand Creek south to the old weigh station just north of Klamath Falls. CVAS averages 150 to 200 transports to Merle West Medical Center in Klamath Falls per year. The service also responds to many calls which do not require transport. The service stands by at high school athletic competitions such as football and wrestling, local rodeos, elementary school show-and-tells and health screenings. In addition, the service participates in local parades and provides free blood pressure clinics for the community.

Chiloquin Ambulance Crew 1980
Chiloquin Ambulance Crew 1980
©CVAS

CVAS schedules continuing education sessions for the ambulance personnel to assure that the volunteers are kept current in use of equipment and methods for emergency care, which enables the service to provide the best possible emergency care for the community.

Our equipment is comprised of two ambulances, one 1994 Type III, and one 1999 Type III. Type III ambulances. Both ambulances are fully stocked at all times with the equipment normally found on Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) units.

Funding for CVAS comes from billings for transport, (CVAS accepts assignments from Medicare, Oregon Health Plan, and private insurance), Sustaining Donor contributions, an annual fund raiser, and contributions made as memorials. These monies are all managed by a board approved annual operating budget together with a five-year plan.

A five-member Board of Directors comprised of community and ambulance personnel makes policy and funding decisions. An executive committee, composed of CVAS volunteers, controls the day-to-day operation of CVAS.

If you would like any further information please feel free to call our business office at (541) 783-3131 Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.