Big Water Fire and Rescue Chief Pat Horning announced a new rescue vehicle has been added to Big Water Fire and Rescues fleet. “Rescue 32,” a Chevrolet Suburban, has been outfitted with advanced life support equipment and supplies, as well as search and rescue equipment.

Big Water Fire and Rescue provides emergency medical services for the communities of Big Water, Church Wells, Clark Bench and Paria, as well as the Amangiri Resort. The department also is the primary medical aid responder on Highway 89 from the Arizona state line to mile-post 34 in Utah.

The four-wheel drive vehicle will be stationed at Church Wells, and will aid responses to emergencies throughout the area, including the back roads of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

“We are very happy to be able to improve our services to the residents and visitors of the county,” Chief Horning said. “This vehicle has the ability to speed the arrival of emergency personnel to all calls in our area, and greatly increases our level of services to the communities that surround Big Water.”

The vehicles first call was to a cardiac patient near the Paria Ranger Station. Responding from Church Wells, Rescue 32 was 10 miles closer than if the initial response had come from Big Water.

Chief Horning also gives special thanks to the Kane County Commissioners, and Ken Gotzenberg of the Kane County Office of Tourism, for providing the funding for an Automatic External Defibrillator that will be carried on the vehicle.