'Daiily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Collier County ambulance service: Dr. Bob Tober

Collier County ambulance services get the whole 30 minutes on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle" program airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.

The director of a model system in Seattle, Jim Fogarty, joins Collier County Medical Director Dr. Robert Tober and North Naples Fire Chief Orly Stolts. Then two civic policy experts, Ed Morton and Janet Vasey, size up what they heard and where the issue goes from here — after the Collier County Commission rejected a referendum on consolidating ambulance and fire services countywide under the Sheriff’s Office.

Highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Here are excerpts:

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NewsMakers: EMS Panel, Part 1

Collier EMS' future is sized up.

NewsMakers: EMS Panel, Part 2

Collier EMS' future is sized up.

Dr. Bob Tober

Tober: In reality, basic life support is where virtually all of the lives are saved. I’ve been trying for a long time to refocus this system to a basic life support first response of four minutes followed by advanced life support thereafter.

A lot of the argument ends up coming down to who is going to provide ALS; what kind of training and experience should they have to provide that ALS? In a system that has between 200,000 people in the summer and 350,000 people in the wintertime, we have almost as many ALS paramedics in Collier County as Jim has in Seattle. We’re about the same square mileage of territory, and he has somewhere around six or seven times the population.

Lytle: That statistic almost boggles the mind, and how is that possible? Why is it that way?

Tober: Well I think it’s that way because we don’t have a unified, consolidated system here. I don’t believe that everybody is, in the final analysis, rowing in the same direction with the same goal in mind. I’m not suggesting that everybody doesn’t have an interest in saving lives, but there isn’t a coordinated oarsman at the front of the boat with the gavel sounding out how we’re all going to row in one direction, because we have a lot of fragmentation and a lot of different systems in the community.

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