DID YOU KNOW?
Deer Park Volunteer Ambulance (DPVA) is the oldest volunteer ambulance organization in the state of Washington, opening its doors in 1948.
DPVA provides Advanced Life Support to more than 630 square miles and three different counties within eastern Washington. These counties include north Spokane, south Stevens and south Pend'Oreille.
DPVA responds to more than 4000 emergency and non-emergency calls each year, a number that continues to grow.
Our ambulances are fully-equipped to provide Intermediate and Advanced Life Support.
Paid and Volunteer personnel staff our ambulances 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year. All personnel are certified through the State of Washington Department of Health and are required to maintain their certifications annually through a On-going Training and Evaluation Program (OTEP). All personnel are overseen by a board-certified, state-approved emergency physician known as a Medical Director.
DPVA is a recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit non-tax based organization. Therefore, we receive no tax reimbursement from the areas we serve. Our ability to provide services and purchase vital lifesaving equipment such as ambulances, cardiac monitors, and medical pumps is dependent on insurance company reimbursements, fundraising activities and donations from the residents we care for.
You may be surprised to learn that your health insurance, may not provide full coverage for ambulance service. Additionally, Medicaid reimburses at a rate under 20% and Medicare reimburses around 40% of the charges for service. Consequently, DPVA is challenged to cover the cost of ambulance and paramedic services.