Emergency Management System Exclusive Operating Area Feasibility Study
IMPORTANT: As of September 24, 2013, management of this project is under the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency. This web page will no longer receive regular updates. Questions may be directed to Bryan Cleaver, Coastal Valleys EMS Administrator (Bryan.Cleaver@sonoma-county.org) or James Salvante, Coastal Valleys EMS Coordinator (James.Salvante@sonoma-county.org).
In 2011, an
assessment of the County’s emergency medical services (EMS)
highlighted several key areas that could help the system produce a higher and
more efficient level of response and care. These areas included improved accountability, performance monitoring, coordination between responders, operational flexibility, resources, and continual quality improvement oversight. Therefore, to improve the level of care for the community, the County is
exploring the potential feasibility and sustainability of an exclusive
operating area (EOA), or areas, for ambulance services.
An EOA could take many forms: It could include only a portion of the County, or there could be multiple EOAs covering different geographic areas, or an EOA could include only certain specific services, such as advanced life support. There are many possibilities and a range of options available for exploration.
On September 24, 2013, the Board held a workshop to receive a presentation on the Fitch & Associates report on the feasibility of establishing an EOA. Following the presentation, Board discussion, and public comment by community members and EMS providers, direction was given to the project team to continue the project. The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and Coastal Valleys EMS Agency will work with a stakeholder work group to develop the scope and proposed guidelines for one or more possible EOAs.
The following documents were provided to the Board of Supervisors as materials for its EOA Workshop on September 24, 2013:
Please see the "Documents" section of this website below to read the report, or for additional information.
Community meetings were held throughout the County at the following locations:
Fort Bragg - Veterans Building,
360 Harrison Ave.,
Fort Bragg - Monday,
April 15, 2013
Boonville - Veterans Building, 14470 Highway 128, Boonville - Monday, April 15, 2013
Ukiah - Veterans Building, 293 Seminary Ave., Ukiah - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Gualala - Community Center, 47950 Center St., Gualala - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Willits - Veterans Building, 189 North Main St., Willits - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Redwood Valley - Fire Department, 8481 East Road, Redwood Valley - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Responder/Provider InterviewsProviders and responders were contacted individually for in-person interviews with Fitch & Associates. When in-person interviews could not be scheduled, phone interviews were arranged.
If you would like to keep informed of the process moving forward, or have questions, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview questionnaire - (used as a guide only; discussions not limited to the topics listed)
Last updated: October 25, 2013