MODESTO — The Modesto Regional Fire Authority has opened its third advanced life support engine company.
Engine 1, in downtown Modesto, will begin providing the services as of Thursday. Engine 1 is staffed with at least one paramedic firefighter 24 hours a day.
Paramedics can administer lifesaving medications in critical situations, including for victims of a heart attack or stroke.
Modesto has been providing advanced life support services with paramedic firefighters since 2002.
The other two advanced life support engines are Engine 2 in west Modesto and Engine 9 in east Modesto.
The Fire Authority provides fire protection and emergency services to residents of Modesto and Salida through 12 fire stations.