Special City Council Meeting Set About EMS Changes
Fire Chief Robert Weiss and the City Council will meet to talk about the impact of Pinellas County's proposal for EMS changes at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave.
The proposal, created by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Lt. Scott Sanford and Lealman Fire District Capt. Jim Millican, would change to the way crews respond to medical emergencies in Pinellas County.
Right now, firefighters arrive at a medical emergency and treat the patient. A separate ambulance then takes the patient to the hospital.
Sanford and Millican say that under their plan, patients would arrive at the hospital more quickly because firefighters would be able to treat them and also take them to the hospital. They also say their proposal would save taxpayers money.
The deadline for the county to notify the current ambulance service provider whether or not it is going to extend its contract another three years is Jan. 1.