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File #: 19-0090    Version: 1
Type: Consent - Staff Report Status: Agenda Ready
In control: City Council Regular Meeting
On agenda: 3/19/2019 Final action:
Title: Consideration of an Agreement with McCormick Ambulance to Provide Emergency Ambulance Transport Services (Acting Fire Chief Abell). ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 19-0027
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 19-0027, 2. Agreement – McCormick Ambulance
TO:
Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

THROUGH:
Bruce Moe, City Manager

FROM:
Derrick Abell, Acting Fire Chief/Chief of Police
Mike Boyd, Fire Battalion Chief

SUBJECT:Title
Consideration of an Agreement with McCormick Ambulance to Provide Emergency Ambulance Transport Services (Acting Fire Chief Abell).
ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 19-0027
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Recommended Action
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends that the City Council adopt Resolution No. 19-0027 approving an agreement with McCormick Ambulance to provide emergency ambulance transport services.
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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
The Fire Department Emergency Medical Services program budget has sufficient funding to provide this service. The $380 per transport cost paid to McCormick will be offset by revenue that the City is able to generate from billing. The estimated annual net revenue is $185,600 (based on 580 estimated transports a year and an average of $700 collected per transport).

BACKGROUND:
The Fire Department currently staffs one Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedic ambulance and two ALS Paramedic Engines. ALS is medical service provided by two licensed paramedics. Paramedics perform advanced airway management, EKG interpretation, defibrillation and administration of medications. Examples are; chest pain, stroke, seizure, difficulty breathing, severe trauma. A Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance, which is used for non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses, is periodically staffed when part-time personnel are available. In 2017, nearly 1,300 patients were transported; of those, approximately 580 were BLS transports, an average of 1.7 BLS transports a day.

If our Fire Department ambulance is not available, the RCC will request a private BLS ambulance response. Although the private ambulance provider has averaged a satisfactory response time of 9 minutes and 6 seconds (January - May 2018), there is no response time requirement because we do...

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