Jacumba residents will now have access to round-the-clock paramedic service.
San Diego County Fire officials and Cal Fire launched the program as a way to upgrade the fire and emergency medical services at the Jacumba fire station, south of Interstate 8 near the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We continue to take big steps to boost emergency medical services in our backcountry, and bringing 24/7 service to Jacumba is an important part of that effort,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob in a statement. “Until now, the closest paramedic engine to Jacumba has been at least a 30-minute drive away.”
The paramedic fire engine began operating on Monday in an area with a population of approximately 570 people.
The station is located at 1255 Jacumba Road, Jacumba.