Letter: Ambulance service issues deserve collective solution | SummitDaily.com

Letter: Ambulance service issues deserve collective solution

We continue to view with concern Summit County’s steps to restrict Red, White & Blue Fire District’s ability to provide ambulance transport services to meet the needs of our district and surrounding areas.

It has long been our district policy and actual practice to provide the best in emergency medical services to the residents and guests we serve each day.

To that end, ambulance operational personnel from Summit County Ambulance Service, Red White & Blue Fire, Copper Mountain Fire and Lake Dillon Fire recently held a collaborative and productive meeting, and developed an Operations Proposal for EMS Transports. We believe that with some discussion, minor modifications and clarifications, this proposal is one in which Red, White & Blue could support.

It is alarming that the County Manager’s office is taking a very different approach; issuing ultimatums that the district unconditionally agree to participate in a medical transport service plan that financially benefits the county at the expense of Red, White & Blue’s ability to maintain minimum Fire/EMS staffing requirements and its ability to provide constant all hazards responses.

As it stands, Summit County government may choose to terminate the district’s ambulance service contract within two weeks. While this would limit the district’s ability to conduct routine transports to the next locally available higher level of medical care, we will still be on scene delivering critical emergency medical care to the extent allowed.

The Fire District is currently in the development stages of a counter proposal that will be delivered to Summit County early next week, the Fire District remains hopeful that county government give serious consideration to this proposal and continue to allow the Fire District to serve its citizens and guests to its full capabilities.

Arch Gothard

Chairperson Red, White & Blue Fire Protection Board

Jim Keating

Fire Chief Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District

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