EMS Advisory Committee Launched to Address Pressure on System (Canada)

EMS Advisory Committee Launched to Address Pressure on System (Canada)

The province says they’re taking steps to address pressure on emergency medical services.

In response to the increase in EMS service across Alberta, the province is launching an emergency medical services advisory committee to provide immediate and long-term recommendations to form a new provincial EMS plan.

According to the province, EMS has seen a 30 per cent increase in 911 calls over the last few months. In addition to the rise in calls, the EMS system has faced staff fatigue and illness, hospital offload delays, more requests for patient transfers, delays in receiving new ambulances, and specialized vehicle parts caused by global supply issues…

JCSO implements’Text-to-911′ for residents (FL)

JCSO implements’Text-to-911′ for residents (FL)

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Sometimes it isn’t possible to talk on the phone during an emergency, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) has now implemented a new program to help with that.

For years the only way to contact 911 has been through a phone call. However, technology is improving, and JCSO is adapting.

“This is step one of many in the coming months that we’re going to be taking to increase the amount of technology available to the public to reach us and to our call-takers and dispatchers to help the public,” 911 Coordinator Daniel Warren said…

COVID: 911 Calls For Ambulances Has CoCo County Fire Crews (CA)

COVID: 911 Calls For Ambulances Has CoCo County Fire Crews (CA)

MARTINEZ (KPIX) — The Omicron surge of sick patients has not only put stress on Contra Costa County hospitals, it’s also impacting ambulances and fire crews in the county.

Calls for paramedics keep pouring into the 911 dispatch center. Ambulances at an alarming rate are responding to those with COVID-like symptoms and resources have been stretched thin.

“We have had to rely on a couple of times in the last few weeks is dispatching one of our paramedics on a fire engine, that’s not uncommon to do that,” says Steve Hill, a spokesperson with the Contra Costa County Fire Department…

Clark County Commission: Federal relief dollars to cover 2022 dispatch center fees (OH)

Clark County Commission: Federal relief dollars to cover 2022 dispatch center fees (OH)

Calls for service handled by the dispatch center will be charged to their respective agencies: calls that result in a law enforcement officer needing to mitigate an issue. Administrative calls will not result in charges

Mike Stitzel, chief of German Twp.’s police department, told the commission in November that based on data from 2020, his police force would be expected to contribute $26,000 to the center. He said that although this figure is substantially down from the original pricing model, the new estimate is roughly ⅓ of the township’s property tax base. The funding to cover the costs for dispatch center fees could impact his salary fund…

Dispatcher, a Canadian paramedic, says the pandemic workload is “unsustainable.”

Dispatcher, a Canadian paramedic, says the pandemic workload is “unsustainable.”

Vancouver-A group representing Canada’s emergency medical institutions is calling for improved mental health services as staff shortages and unprecedented call volumes caused by the pandemic and overdose crisis hit workers. ..

In British Columbia, BC Emergency Medical Services reported the dispatch of more than 840,000 ambulances in 2021, but unions representing ambulance workers said the numbers were probably much higher…