CLEARWATER EMS SERVICE UPDATE
I would like to provide an update regarding the Clearwater EMS Service.
Currently, the City maintains an EMS service staffed with volunteers and has failed to meet state statute with respect to maintaining a duty roster with two certified EMS technicians on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year basis. In order to be compliant, the City has been considering one of two options;
1) Turn control of the EMS responsibilities over the Sedgwick County or
2) Continue to provide EMS coverage through the City of Clearwater.
As you will recall, the City had requested information from Sedgwick Country regarding what level of service they would provide if they were to assume responsibility for our EMS coverage. The County has responded and they will assume operational, logistical, and administrative responsibility for the EMS service in the City of Clearwater coverage area within Sedgwick Country on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week schedule. This would be done utilizing current staff and equipment from existing operations and locations. This coverage would be at no cost to the City of Clearwater and its citizens. The anticipated response time would be an average of 15 minutes per call.
The City has developed a plan which would augment our volunteer coverage with 4 full time paid staff (1 Director and 3 certified EMS staff). This would allow the operational, logistical, and administrative responsibilities to remain with the City of Clearwater. The total cost for this service would be approximately $368K per year (an increase over current spending of approximately $180K). The City controlled EMS Service would remain in Clearwater. The City EMS coverage would continue to support Sumner County locations south of Clearwater.
We have scheduled a second community meeting to cover this information in detail and to take questions and comments. Please plan to join us at Senior Community Center at 6:00 pm on March 4, 2019. The Clearwater City Council will then make a final decision during its meeting on March 12, 2019.