Trinity County Life Support
Trinity County Life Support’s Mission is to provide the highest level of advanced life support pre-hospital emergency medical services to our community, and to assist in the education and training of our local fire departments, schools, and the general public on health and safety issues
Trinity County Life Support is a non-profit 911 emergency ambulance service. Established in 1993, we serve a large rural/frontier area, focused on safe response, high quality advanced life support care, and safe and dependable transport.
Trinity County is 3,125 square miles of forested mountainous terrain sheltering small rural communities, containing large areas of wilderness, with wild and scenic river frontage winding along the highway. Conditions are challenging and rewarding. Transports can be short to local Trinity Hospital in Weaverville, or 60+ miles.
Trinity County Life Support crews are providing emergency care that makes a difference in patient outcomes and in their in quality of life.
The TCLS team of caregivers shares a commitment to provide the best care, to do the right thing to help each patient. Important updates in patient care protocols provide expanded tools and capabilities to make that difference.
TCLS also serves as a public safety training center. Over the last 10 years we’re training an average of over 300 persons per year in courses including EMT, Public Safety First Aid, and American Heart Association Basic Life Support, First Aid, and CPR.
My Ambulance AdventureChristmas Eve, 2018, my husband took me to Mountain Community Hospital with a cough that was rapidly worsening. I was quickly diagnosed with double pneumonia and treatment was begun. I was going to be admitted when they discovered I also had sepsis and would not be able to stay there. Although it isn’t contagious, I would have to been held in ICU and isolated from other patients. Many phone calls were made to the Redding hospitals but they were all filled to capacity. The persistent nursing staff finally found me a room at Enloe Hospital in Chico. By now it was dark and raining and traveling by air was not going to happen. So, the hospital called our Trinity County Life Support to transport me to Chico. My two escorts arrived at the hospital about 9:30 and I was readied for the long ride. I have to admit it had been an awful day and not the celebrating Christmas Eve one we had been expecting and I was not in a very good mood. In fact, I was darn right grumpy. But my wonderful ambulance drivers just ignored my mood and were very professional and caring. They tucked me in, strapped down the gurney, and away we went. I was awake on and off during the trip. Because of the rain and wet highway, they had to be cautious and several times use their siren. Before the siren was activated, I would gently be warned so I wouldn’t worry. There was some chit chat between the driver and my personal escort and I found that reassuring…like they were a team together, aware of what was happening around them, and together in the goal to get me safely to Chico as soon as possible. And I have to admit I was not a stellar passenger. I have back problems but wasn’t able to explain that to them. Just minutes of lying flat and my back began to spasm. I was warned, nicely, that it was for my safely for me to be still. Finally she understood problem and gave me the opportunity to wiggle and squirm and get comfortable. I so appreciated her sensitivity to my situation. And I was delivered to Enloe Hospital in Chico just moments before midnight. My two Christmas angels filled out the papers and then wished me a Merry Christmas and hoped that I would soon be in good health, and then off they went, back to their ambulance and to Trinity County. To say I don’t know what we would have done without them is an understatement. This was my first long trip in an ambulance and it was perfect. Their kindness, caring and personal touches were so reassuring to both myself and my husband. I felt totally safe and isn’t that what we’re looking from our health care professionals?
Become a Trinity County Life Support Member
Check out our plans starting as low as $40 for an individual and $50 per family.
Trinity County Life SupportGround Ambulance Only
$50 For Family
Trinity County Medical Transport AllianceGround & Air Ambulance
The TCMTA membership is only offered to the residents of Trinity County.
The TCMTA membership is only available within the Trinity County Life Support service area.
Business / Group Discounts:ground, ground and air
Trinity County Life Support (Ground Only) has discounted rates for groups of 15 or more.
Please contact our life support coordinator for details.