COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Endorsement to Operate as an Advanced Life Support (ALS) EMS Agency

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Resolution by the Board of Supervisors for the Seminole Trail Fire Department to Operate as an Advanced Life Support EMS Agency in Albemarle County

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Trank, Eggleston

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

November 9, 2005

 

ACTION:                                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:      X                     INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:     No

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Seminole Trail Fire Department currently provides Basic Life Support (BLS) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) response within the departmentís coverage area. Seminole Trail VFD is licensed to provide BLS care by the Virginia Office of EMS.   During the weekday hours when Albemarle County Fire Rescue personnel are supplementing the staffing at the Seminole station, Advanced Life Support (ALS) response is provided, as the County Fire Rescue Department is licensed by the State of Virginia to provide this level of patient care.  The Seminole Trail VFD currently has on the stationís roster several members certified to provide ALS care.   The department is currently seeking to upgrade its EMS license from BLS Non-Transport to ALS Transport.  This upgrade will allow the volunteer members with ALS certification to provide care at the ALS level.

 

STRATEGIC 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:  Provided effective, responsive and courteous service to our customers.

 

DISCUSSION:

Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency medical care includes establishing intravenous access, administration of medications for breathing emergencies, cardiac emergencies, allergic reactions and pain control in the out of hospital environment.  To provide this level of care, an EMS agency must be licensed as an ALS Agency by the Virginia Office of EMS.  The Seminole Trail VFD is seeking to upgrade their current EMS License from BLS Non-Transport to ALS Transport.  The Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS) currently has an ambulance stationed at the CARS station next door to the Seminole Trail Fire station.  By upgrading to a transport level license, the Seminole Trail Fire Department will be better positioned to assist CARS in staffing this ambulance.  There is currently a Memorandum of Understanding being developed between CARS and Seminole Trail to address this cross-staffing.  There are multiple advantages to the citizens and visitors to Albemarle County if the Seminole Trail Fire Department upgrades their EMS license.  These advantages include:

 

1.       Increased availability of Advanced Life Support EMS Services along the 29 North corridor.

2.       Increased availability of a staffed ambulance for the EMS system.

3.       Increased opportunities for individuals with advanced emergency medical skills to utilize and maintain their patient care skills.

4.       An increase in the level of EMS service to the citizens of Albemarle County.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There is no impact to the budget.  The required equipment for providing Advanced Life Support is currently in stock at the Seminole Trail Fire Department.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends the Board endorse the upgrade of the Seminole Trail Fire Departmentís EMS License from BLS to ALS Transport. 

 

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