COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

                                                                    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Fire/Rescue’s EMS License

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Approval of the Fire/Rescue Department’s initiative to move from “Advanced Life Support – Non Transport” to “Advanced Life Support – Transport.”

 

 

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Eggelston

 

AGENDA DATE:                     

February 11, 2004

 

ACTION:                                       INFORMATION:    

 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:         

     ACTION:     X                          INFORMATION:

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      No

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

BACKGROUND:

At the request of Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Albemarle County Fire/Rescue began staffing Scottsville’s station with career personnel beginning October 2003. The career staff provides advanced life support EMS services from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. In addition, the volunteer members of Monticello Fire/Rescue Station have been working with County Fire/Rescue staff to plan for the addition of an ambulance to the Monticello Fire/Rescue Station.

 

STRAGEGIC PLAN:

Goal 3.1:  Make the County a safe and healthy community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play. 

Goal 4.1: Provide effective, responsive and courteous service to our customers.

 

DISCUSSION:

Because the department’s career members are transporting patients via ambulance at Scottsville and with the plan to add an ambulance at the Monticello Fire/Rescue Station, the Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS) has requested that the Fire/Rescue Department revise its EMS license from “Advanced Life Support – non-transport” to “Advanced Life Support – transport” to be in compliance with the OEMS rules and regulations. The Fire/Rescue Department has submitted an application to the OEMS requesting that the Department be re-licensed. Before the re-license request is approved, the OEMS is requiring that the Board of Supervisors first approve the Fire/Rescue Department’s to move from “Advanced Life Support – non-transport” to “Advanced Life Support – transport”.

 

According to the Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS), moving to an “Advanced Life Support – transport” agency does not obligate the County to any further requirements. The department currently staffs the volunteer ALS ambulances; therefore, no additional equipment is needed. The department also utilizes a regional training process to ensure that all EMS career providers have experience with treating patients in a transport environment. In addition, VML states that our liability insurance policy will cover employees that are involved in EMS transport and that no increase in premiums will occur because of this change.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

The staff recommends that the board approve the Fire/Rescue Department changing its EMS license from “Advanced Life Support – non-transport” to “Advanced Life Support – transport”.

 

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