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Johns Creek officials discuss improvements for ambulance service
by Nicole Dow
April 09, 2013 10:53 AM | 1799 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ambulance service in Johns Creek could improve with a Rural Metro Ambulance vehicle stationed exclusively in the city.

“[Rural Metro Ambulance has] agreed to provide us, which we’ve never had before, [an ambulance] that is fixed in this location,” City Manager John Kachmar told the mayor and city council Tuesday during their work session meeting.

Last month, Mayor Mike Bodker and the city council discussed issues they found with the level of ambulance service in Johns Creek, including a response time often over the desired eight minutes. Rural Metro is contracted as the city’s ambulance provider in an agreement which also includes the cities of Milton, Alpharetta and Roswell.

Kachmar met with representatives from Rural Metro, who proposed an ambulance dedicated to the city. Though the bulk of the transport would be in Johns Creek, the ambulance might be used to respond to a call in Alpharetta, Milton or Roswell if it were the closest vehicle available, Kachmar said, due to mutual aid agreements between the four cities.

He added, “We could use, under a reimbursable basis, our two [quick response vehicles] … for emergency transport if necessary if the RMA primary ambulance, which would be assigned to this city, would be in usage.”

The city’s quick response vehicles would have to be under subcontractual agreement with Rural Metro Ambulance because by law, the city is not allowed to transport patients or emergency victims in its vehicles, Kachmar said.

Tony Anteau, division general manager with Rural Metro Ambulance, said his company is prepared to offer the dedicated ambulance in Johns Creek whether or not the city decides to include its own quick response vehicles as part of the agreement. The contract is still in the stages of being drafted, he said.

The city council will bring the issue back up in a future work session and council meeting.

Also at Tuesday’s council meeting, city officials spoke with John Harvey, region 3 council chairman with the state’s EMS Zone Council.

Harvey said the state council has not been aware Johns Creek had any concerns about the ambulance response times. He said the city could ask the state council to look into problems with service in Johns Creek.

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