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I suspect those on Council believe that increase spending will result in better services. Or transfer of county monies for local control of EMS would result in efficient use of assets.
I say WATCH OUT!
The overarching debacle, the County EMS system failed to respond to a 911 request by the Urgent Care Center.
A 911 call from an Urgent Care Center is to be treated with the same urgency as a call from a private residence. This is a dispatch and policy snafu!
Blaming the Urgent Care Center for not having a staff driver for a transport vehicle misses the real issue. The County DID NOT RESPOND TO A 911 EMERGENCY CALL.
All the surrounding discussions and lamentations of Urgent Care management do not address this simple fact. Think about it, a call was made from an Urgent Care Center (a professional medical facility) and the request was dismissed by a governmental agency charged with the task of allocating EMS.
This should not serve as a means to expand Marco Island services, review drug inventories or denounce private transport companies.
Folks, pay attention, there are political and power forces at play here. In the vernacular, kingdoms being formed and others destroyed. All because someone dismissed a 911 call.
Lets start with reviewing the cause of dismissing a 911 request. These outlying issues only complicate the climate, and may result in poorly identifying clear and simple solutions to a single 911 response debacle.
So I ask some Councillors to refrain from demeaning bean-counters; and emergency professionals from adding unrelated issues, etc to the mix.
It is a 911 response failure, so stay focused. Who you going to call? Ghostbusters!
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