A Vista Fire Department ambulance staffed with firefighter/paramedics at the scene of an emergency. File photo by OnScene.TV

The city of Vista entered a fourth ambulance into service Sunday, adding to the three already operating in the city.

The ambulance will be housed at Fire Station 3 on Old Taylor Street, according to city officials. It will be staffed by two firefighter/paramedics.

“The Fire Department appreciates the City Council and the citizens of Vista for their ongoing support of public safety,” Vista Fire Chief Jeff Hahn said. “Many members of the Fire Department worked hard to make this improvement in service delivery a reality.”

The new vehicle returns the fire department to its pre-recession fleet of four ambulances. In 2011, the city was forced to retire an ambulance due to operational costs.

Plans to purchase the new vehicle were first announced in May.

In addition to the ambulances, the Vista Fire Department has five fire engines and a ladder truck. The city employs a total of 27 emergency responders. In 2016, the fire department responded to 14,138 calls for service.

–City News Service

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