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Care Convoy Gives An Old Ambulance A New Home

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By Brandon Redmond

Buhl, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The care convoy has been restoring and delivering old emergency vehicles to communities in Mexico for the past three years.

An ambulance that once served parts of the magic valley will soon be getting a new home in Mexico.

"What we're doing is we're preparing this particular ambulance to head down to Madeira in the state of Chiuahua Mexico. This ambulance comes from Dietrich. It was sitting in a vacant field," said West Gates.

The ambulance that is being donated was from right here in The Magic Valley in Dietrich and all of the equipment inside the ambulance, also right here from Southern Idaho.

"This is all surplus material that is normally goes into a landfill. Because the bigger cities pass it on to the smaller cities and you don't get much smaller than Castleford or Dietrich. And so it tends to just be discarded. So we will pack it full of this type of equipment and send it down to that small community," said West Gates.

Students from several schools have also been involved with the project. Buhl High School automotive students will be helping get the ambulance ready to make the trip. Kimberly students are making a documentary of the experience.

"We tend to do this four or five times a year. And we expect to be doing more of it and going to more countries. Because all we're doing is recycling stuff and involving students in much of the project," said Gates.

The care convoy and several Kimberly students will be leaving with the ambulance for Mexico on March 20th. The group will also be featured on CBS's on the road later this month.


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