'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Collier ambulance service: Orly Stolts

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.

Orly Stolts

Stolts: I actually ... we like the King County model very much. When the Blue Ribbon Committee starting looking at it, we did too. And what we found about the King County model is very interesting: it’s a heavily driven medical component that makes up the King County system, and I believe there are seven, I believe, different medical directors in King County that work together as a system.

There are 30 fire departments within King County; there are six ALS transport providers; five of those six are fire department-owned and -operated,

And we looked at that system, we thought, well, gosh, that system could work basically here in Collier County. We have a number of independent fire departments. We have city fire departments. They do, too, in King County. The King County Medic 1 system is an educational component with strong medical leadership at the top. And they contract with the fire departments to run the advanced life support.

Now the piece that we’re missing here is the BLS (basic life support) transport. I think, Jim (Fogarty), you talked about 40 percent of the calls are ALS?

Fogarty: About 25 percent ... of all the calls that enter our 911 system, about 25 percent are triaged to advanced life support; 75 percent are basic life support.

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