Friday, August 29, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Supervisors approve locally run EMS agency

By
From page A1 | December 05, 2012 |

WOODLAND — Yolo County will withdraw from the 10-county emergency medical services agency it has been a part of for 37 years and create its own local EMS agency within the next six months.

County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to make the change following the recommendation of Yolo County fire chiefs and city managers, several of whom testified that a local EMS agency will provide more efficient, effective and expedient services to county residents.

The new EMS agency will operate as a division of the county Health Department. County health director Jill Cook said American Medical Response will continue as the county’s ambulance provider for at least the next six months and possibly afterward, pending a competitive bidding process. The county will contract with Solano County to provide oversight and administration of the Yolo agency.

Since 1975, Yolo County has been a member of the Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency, which started out as a five-county agency but later grew to 10 counties stretching to the Oregon border.

The sheer size of the agency has hampered efforts to improve the delivery of emergency medical services in Yolo County, said UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht.

“Addressing specific local needs has been difficult as part of a 10-county agency,” he told supervisors.

Trauernicht chaired a committee of area fire chiefs and local officials who recommended the change to the board. Other members included Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Fire Chief Gary Fredericksen, West Sacramento Fire Chief Al Terrell, Winters City Manager John Donlevy, Yolo County Health Director Cook and Esparto Fire Chief Barry Burns, who represented the Yolo County Fire Chiefs Association.

Trauernicht told supervisors that all Yolo County fire chiefs, including those from the 10 small volunteer departments throughout the county, supported the move to a local EMS agency.

Donlevy, speaking on behalf of city managers throughout the county, as well as the city of Winters itself, said the recommendation was not about the Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS agency but about Yolo County.

“(It’s) about local control,” Donlevy said.

Supervisors agreed.

“We’re doing this to improve outcomes for Yolo residents,” said Supervisor Don Saylor of Davis. “It’s not to rearrange the deck chairs. We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do for our county.”

Noting that area fire chiefs “have grown frustrated with the existing system,” Supervisor Jim Provenza said, “It is essential that we go to a model that will give Yolo County control of its own destiny.”

The change to a locally run EMS agency is of concern to local EMTs and paramedics, several of whom asked supervisors to include them in the process going forward, both in the development of local protocols and in personnel issues.

“Our concerns are patient care as well as the current work force in Yolo County,” said EMT and county resident Rebecca Ayers.

Saylor also urged that local workers be included going forward, saying, “these are good people and they have a lot to offer.”

Cook said if the county were to switch ambulance providers, use of local workers could be stipulated in the contract.

In addition to approving the creation of a local EMS agency, supervisors authorized the county administrator to formally notify the Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS agency of Yolo County’s withdrawal from that joint powers authority. In addition to a six-month notification, the county also will be required to pay the JPA approximately $359,900 to withdraw — a cost supervisors appeared to believe was worth the expected improvement in local services.

“Yes there (will be) costs we have to incur,” said Supervisor Mike McGowan. “(But) we can and should and need to improve delivery of services and the best way to do that is to follow these recommended actions.”

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at aternus@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy

Comments

comments

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Saving Putah Creek: a quiet concert at sunset

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Mr. Dolcini goes to Washington

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Winton to be feted for her many years of community work

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Davis Innovation Center team fields questions

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Researchers solve mystery of Death Valley’s moving rocks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    California extends review of $25B delta plan

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Celebrate the Senior Center at Sept. 9 luncheon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Equestrian eventing competition slated

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Dinner, auction benefit Yolo County CASA

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Forum explores local mental health services

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Solar-cooking workshop set at Food Co-op

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Kids can sign up for a library card and get a free book

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Explorit Science Center: Volunteers supercharge summer camp

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Tee off for Davis’ continued prosperity

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

     
     
    Bodega Marine Laboratory hosts open house

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Local group charts a year’s worth of beauty in flowers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Free blood pressure screenings offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Name Droppers: UCD honors two of its own

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Books, conversation and poetry at Logos

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Forum

    Let’s sell the MRAP on eBay

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    Seeing both sides of ‘tank’

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    What if we need MRAP?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    How could tank be helpful?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: C2

    Don’t sentence our police to death

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C2, 1 Comment

     
    Will Davis see river water?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    Travel buddy is getting too fat

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    Forget the score; focus on the energy brought by Aggies

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Returning seniors, new faces lead promising DHS links squad

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devil golfers return from Scotland with smiles on their faces

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devils scrimmage with Sac

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD-Stanford: the clock is down to counting the minutes

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Wire briefs: Aces cruise past Cats at Raley

    By Wire and staff reports | From Page: B6

    Sports briefs: DHS girls fall by the slimmest of net margins

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘The November Man’: Who can be trusted?

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    B Street’s ‘The Ladies Foursome’ is aces

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    Technology makes a great car better

    By Ali Arsham | From Page: C1 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Elaine Dracia Greenberg

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Margarita Elizondo

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics