City of Tracy Calls for Special Meeting to Address Flaws in County Emergency Response PolicyPosted: Sep 26, 2016
Location: Tracy, Calif.
A special meeting of the Tracy City Council is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in Tracy City Hall, Council Chambers to discuss a long-standing County policy that limits the ability of Tracy’s firefighter paramedics to respond to certain local medical emergencies. The San Joaquin County EMS Agency Policy No. 3202 governs the manner in which first responders are dispatched to medical emergencies within San Joaquin County. This policy has resulted in nearby Fire Department resources not being dispatched to emergency medical calls, and the City Council has expressed concerns that this has placed the community in a vulnerable position as it relates to health and safety.
“There have been several serious medical emergencies that have occurred in recent months where Tracy fire fighter paramedics were not dispatched through the County EMS dispatch system,” stated Tracy Fire Chief Randall Bradley. “We are in disagreement with the County concerning the policy that limits our ability to respond to medical emergencies. I think this is a great opportunity to provide the City Council and the public with an overview of the policy and our concerns with its potential impact on public safety.”
The Tracy Fire Department affirms that it has the resources, trained personnel and the public’s expectation to respond to all medical emergencies in a timely manner. Within the existing EMS Policy, the Tracy Fire Department is restricted on how its responds to medical emergencies, regardless if a firefighter paramedic is in closer proximity to an incident than a County EMS ambulance. During the special meeting, the Tracy City Council and staff will discuss the existing EMS policy implications at the local level, and the City’s desire to amend the policy to allow for more local controls over emergency response.
An opportunity for public comment will be provided during the special meeting. The meeting will also be televised live on Comcast Channel 26, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and online at www.thinkinsidethetriangle.com.
For more information, please contact the Tracy Fire Department at (209) 831-6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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