Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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

    Shrem Art Museum is a work of art itself

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    Police ID suspect in South Davis hit-and-run crash

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

     
    Thieves swipe Gold Rush-era nuggets

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid second-guessing

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    CASA seeks volunteers to advocate for kids

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    UC Davis doctors strike

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Community invited to Fenocchio memorial

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    SHE to lead Center for Spiritual Living in sound healing

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Teens Take Charge program accepting applications

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Take a hike with Tuleyome on Feb. 7

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    The Soup’s On for NAMI-Yolo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Sip wines at St. James’ annual tasting

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Kiwanis Crab, Pasta Feed benefits local charities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Registration open for PSA Day at Davis Media Access

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Brick sales will benefit Hattie Weber Museum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Capay Valley Almond Festival will tempt your taste buds

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    State fails to track billions in mental health funds

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    CSU chancellor calls for increasing graduation rates

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Covered California enrollment events planned

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Suds for a bug: Contest is over

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A7

     
    Rebekahs’ crab feed benefits local families

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Learn pattern darning tips at guild meeting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Forum

    Family feels cut off here

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Think again on euthanasia

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Let’s speak with accuracy

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    A stunning contradiction here

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    It’s the final freedom

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Move past the stereotypes

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Williams-less Gauchos will test Aggie men

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Devil snowboarders place second in short and slushy GS

    By Margo Roeckl | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Lady Blue Devils take care of business

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Davis club ruggers open with nationally celebrated Jesuit on Friday

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS ski team takes second on a déjà vu day

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    Name droppers: Arboretum director wins leadership award

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Lemon tree, very pretty: Our most local fruit?

    By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    .

    Arts

    Granger Smith to play at The Davis Graduate

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Art science speaker series event set for Feb. 5

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Young musicians to perform Winter Concerto Concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Red Meat, Deke Dickerson bring rockabilly honky-tonk twang to The Palms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Death notice: Betty J. Cogburn

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Mary Beth Warzecka

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B6