410 Malacate #101
Ajo, AZ 85321
Service Director: Lonnie D. Guthrie, CEP
Business Manager: Sara Coyle, EMT
Administrative Liaison: Dan Morales
President: Gabrielle David, CEP
Secretary/Treasurer: Dan Morales
Board members: Louise Larremore,
Lonnie Guthrie CEP, and Bob Fulkerson
Business office: 520-387-5154
Crew quarters: 520-387-3046
In an emergency, dial 9-1-1
Ajo Ambulance, Inc. serves the communities of Ajo, Why, and Lukeville in Western Pima County in southwestern Arizona. It also serves the western portion of the Tohono O'odham Nation.
Ajo, Why, & Lukeville are also served by the Desert Senita Community Health Center, a primary care center. It is open Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Since it can, by law, offer only limited after-hours care, the sick and injured often turn to the ambulance service for help at night and on week-ends.
Phoenix and Tucson provide the nearest public hospitals, as well as the nearest emergency rooms and trauma centers. They are 1.5 to 3 hours away by ground, making for some long transport times. Critical patients are usually taken to rendezvous with a helicopter for transport to a hospital.
Sells Indian Hospital, which provides primary, emergency, and in-patient care for members of the Tohono O'odham Nation, is 72 miles from Ajo. Most Tohono O'odham patients are initially taken to this facility.
Founded in 1991, Ajo Ambulance has grown from a tiny service with just one BLS ambulance and four employees to a multi-unit service with four stations and employing over thirty paramedics and basic EMTs in 2009.
The company also operates its own EMT-B training program.
It is a non-profit corporation.
Its office and main crew quarters are located in a wing of the Desert Senita Community Health Center in Ajo. It has three stations on the Tohono O'odham Nation: one at Why near the Golden Ha:san Casino, one at San Simon, and one at the Santa Rosa Boarding School.
LinksArizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
They regulate EMS in Arizona, including the certification of EMTs, I-EMTs, and Paramedics. They have several good links, including some to the regional councils.
SAEMS (Southern Arizona EMS regional council)
Has regional protocols and standing orders for southern Arizona EMS.
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Initial certification by this organization is required to become an EMT, I-EMT, or Paramedic in Arizona.
American Heart Association'
Information about CPR, ACLS, and more
American Red Cross
First aid, CPR, and disaster aid.
ACLS algorithms, quizzes, simulations, and more.
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