Consultant Says Florida County Needs Additional Ambulance


 
 

FRANK FERNANDEZ | | Monday, January 18, 2010


PALM COAST -- Palm Coast needs a fourth ambulance to meet American Heart Association standards for transporting patients to hospitals, according to a consultant. But getting that ambulance isn't as easy as going out and buying one.

That's because the issue is not solely within the city's power. It must get a certificate of need through special legislation or from Flagler County, which runs the ambulances in the city and generates revenue from transporting patients.

Mayor Jon Netts said during a recent workshop that the city could ask the county to add an ambulance "dedicated" to Palm Coast, which means its primary responsibility, would be serving the city.

"The county is going to say 'Fine. Pay for it,' " Netts said. "I would argue we are already paying for it through our taxes. You have an obligation to provide ALS (advanced life support) to all your population. But if the county were to raise the issue of pay for it, or we are not going to do it, then the conversation stops unless you are willing to net out that cost," meaning subtract the revenue recovered from transport fees from what the city paid and refund the difference to the city.

Read More, Palm Coast considers 4th ambulance


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Leadership and Professionalism, Ambulances, Operations and Protcols

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Simulation-Based Assessment Facilitates Learning & Enhances Clinical Judgment

Simulation is an educational tool that can be used to develop and refine clinical skills of the student in a controlled environment before they progress to becoming practicing clinicians.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

A Night with Wisconsin’s Busiest Medic Unit

Ride along one night with the paramedics of MED 5.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Patient Dies in West Virginia Ambulance Rollover

Marion County Rescue Squad crew is injured in collision.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Delaware Bus Crash MCI

A view from the triage sector as EMS crews work on several patients.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Boulder Pins Colorado Hiker

Wilderness EMS team frees trapped hiker.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

North Dakota Oilfield Medics

Tactics used in offshore platforms tailored to the remote areas.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Delaware Bus Crash MCI

A view from the triage sector as EMS crews work on several patients.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >