Chief Demeter stated that they pride themselves on the care and customer
service they provide, they are very innovative, and they played a part in
implementing better medical standards including the Life Met receiving stations
that are in every hospital.
The next item on the report addresses the fact that the county should be more
involved in the oversight of the departments, especially the MSBU districts. B.
Baker has invested a lot of time working on this issue. He updated this
committee regarding his activities with the MSBU departments. They continue to
have productive meetings and continue to meet in order to discuss the issues.
They are in the planning phase and need to continue to move forward. We need
to continue to grow along with them.
S. Cozart stated that this committee needs to come up with a structured means
of determining what is needed. It should be an outline of what changes the
county should implement. Some ofthe issues include changing the MSBU
ordinance, increased interaction with the medical director, the costs involved, etc.
B. Baker advised the committee of his job title change. He is now the
Emergency Services Coordinator. He is responsible for the communications
dispatch center including 911, liaison for fire services, both MSBU, legislative and
municipalities and overseeing the contracted emergency services provider
whoever that may be. Staff reporting to B. Baker includes the communications
supervisor and staff and the Quality Improvement Coordinator.
Chief Demeter wanted to add the Fitch and Associates background is ambulance
service and he stated that the fire arena is not their area of expertise. He does
agree, however, with their statement regarding the integration of paid and
volunteer firefighters. His concern is that the volunteers get certified. It is
required by state statute. Fire chiefs and fire commissioners cannot take on that
responsibility. He believes that a County Chiefs Association would help
facilitate these issues. Coordination occurs when the chiefs get together and iron
most situations out.
S. Cozart stated that a mix of paid and volunteer firefighters must occur. This
coincides with what you have stated and we must go in that direction.
Chief Demeter was able to obtain a grant to facilitate Firefighter I training
courses. This will be provided at no cost to those who still require the training.
The classes will probably start this summer. It is a tremendous liability if they are
not fully trained. Huge fines and sometimes criminal charges occur if they are
not in compliance with the statute.
B. Baker agrees 100% with the Chief regarding the certification of the firefighters.
We are actively encouraging just that.
B. Baker noted that a key finding in the report indicates that the medical direction
for the EMS system is fragmented and it would be served best if consolidated
under the county for the entire EMS system. The county agrees with that
concept and is taking steps to do just that. We have started writing an ordinance
that will address that issue. We believe that it will provide a standardized
protocol throughout the county. They will have the same protocols and held