When Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks needed to replace an unreliable 1991 ambulance in marginal condition with a limited life expectancy, the Sequoia Parks Foundation stepped up to the plate.
The Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding and supporting projects which enhance the restoration, conservation and enjoyment of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, purchased a newer advanced life support ambulance from a local volunteer fire department and donated it to the parks. The Foundation was able to purchase the ambulance, including some internal medical equipment (gurney, various jump bags, pulse oximeter, etc.), at a cost of $25,000 (a new ambulance without equipment would have cost approximately $130,000).
More than half of the purchase price ($15,000) was provided by the Search and Rescue Fund, which had been created by the Foundation to provide long-term support for the costs of specialized training, equipment, and search and rescue prevention/education for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The Foundation contributed the balance of the purchase price from its general funds.
This is just one example of the how the partner relationship between the Sequoia Parks Foundation and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks has benefitted the parks and visitors.