'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Collier County ambulance service: Jim Fogarty

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.

Jim Fogarty

Fogarty: The King County (Seattle) system is a tiered response system where there’s a very strong basic life support (BLS). The basic life support component of the medical system handles about 75 percent of all the calls. The EMTs (emergency medical technicians) who are part of that system are very practiced and very good at what they do.

Lytle: And ALS is the advanced life support ...

Fogarty: The ALS paramedics are very well trained. They are trained at a single location, Harborview Medical Center, and they’re held to a very high standard. There are only about 246 of them for the entire county ... just a little under 2 million people, about 2,100 square miles and of that entire area, we have a total of 26 medic units.

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