EMS System Review
“CREATING A NEXT GENERATION EMS SYSTEM”
Our Goal is to collaboratively create a value added, sustainable EMS system focused on what is best for the patient. Priorities include:
- Retain a high performance, high reliability and high trust EMS system.
- Preserve Fire EMS first medical response.
- Explore alternative cost effective EMS first medical response and ambulance delivery models.
- Promote an "intelligent medical transportation system".
- Promote a culture of safety for patients and providers.
- Integrate with hospital and health care systems to improve patient outcome and well-being.
- Improve utilization of resources while identifying opportunities to reduce call processing time.
- Improve coordination of resources to reduce cost for patients, communities and the county.
- Sustain evidenced based EMS system oversight and coordination.
System Review Process
Process Participants: The process will include all county Fire Districts, LAFCO, Emergency Medical Care Committee, Hospitals, ambulance providers, Law enforcement, hospitals, and communities served by the Contra Costa EMS System. Reports will be posted on this site to inform and educate the public about project efforts. The public is welcome to send input and community reports to Pat Frost, EMS Director Contra Costa
Our Independent Facilitator and EMS Industry Consultant: Third party independent consultants are used to assist the county and stakeholders in the re-evaluation process and compile the report. They bring comprehensive industry experience, best practices and special analytical skills to support the review process. Fitch and Associates an EMS System Industry Leader will be supporting Contra Costa EMS System re-evaluation efforts. Fitch and Associates conducted the initial EMS Design process in 2003. Learn more about Fitch and Associates.
The public is welcome to send input and community feedback directly to the consultants at Fitch and Associates or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preliminary Project Timelines
A comprehensive review of an EMS System typically takes up to 18 months however our plan is to "begin" with a preliminary expedited review to determine the goals and direction for a more comprehensive review. This will give the EMS System an opportunity to recommend changes that can occur quickly while continuing to work with our partners in the public and private sector to "re-invent" the EMS system for sustainable success.
Dec 11, 2012 Board Order passed to direct EMS to produce report
See our Board presentation and the Board Order
Jan-Mar Expedited Review with Stakeholder Consultation Feb 12, 2013 Board Order passed to fund EMS System review scope of work
See the scope of work here
Apr 23, 2013 EMS System invitations issued Apr 24-May 10, 2013 Over 130 EMS System Stakeholder Participants Respond May 22 & June 17-24 2013 First Round Consultant-EMS System Stakeholder Interviews Jun 19 EMS System Project Plan Overview Update #1 to Emergency Medical Care Committee (EMCC) Jul 29 to Aug 2 Second Round Consultant-EMS Stakeholder Interviews Aug 11 EMS System Project Status Report to Public Protection Committee Sep 11 EMS System Project Status Update #2 to EMCC Sep 20 Stakeholder Update Letter Oct 9-10 Emergency Medical Care Committee Facilitated Workshops Oct 9 1st EMS System Project Status Report to LAFCO Oct 22 Fire Board EMS System Study update (see link) Oct 24 Fitch EMS Modernization Study final stakeholder meetings and data collection completed. Data analysis process begins. Dec 3 Fitch Contra Costa Fire Service Study Preliminary Report to Contra Costa Fire District (see link) Dec 10 BOS approves extension of Fitch contract to April 30th 2014 to accommodate completion of EMS System Modernization Study. Dec 18, 2013 EMS System Project Status Update #3 to EMCC Dec/Jan Consultant Preparation of DRAFT EMS Modernization. Feb 21, 2014 DRAFT EMS System Modernization Study Delayed. March 24, 2014
Draft EMS System Study Posted on Contra Costa EMS Study website (Public Comment Period Begins) April 9, 2014
Special EMCC Briefing on Draft Report (Location to be determined & meeting open to public). April 18, 2014
Public Comment Ends. April 18-27, 2014 Period for Consultant review and response to comments and Final report preparation. May 1, 2014 Final Report posted on Board Website. May 6, 2014 Final Report to Contra Costa Board of Supervisors for public hearing and acceptance.
Additional work will occur pending Board direction
October 09, 2013 • Project Status Update (LAFCO) September 09, 2013 • Project Status Update (Public Protection/Board)
• EMS Study Update
August 12, 2013 • Project Status Update (Public Protection/Board)
• Fire Station Closure Report: EMS System Impact and Mitigation
April 23, 2013 Contra Costa County Launches Initiative to Undertake an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Modernization Project March 12, 2013 Project Status Report (Public Protection/Board) Oct 2013 Contra Costa Fire Service Delivery Study Feb 2014 Final Fitch Study on Contra Costa Fire Services
EMS System Design Documents
- Learn about EMS System Best Practices
- See the Aug 2009 LAFCO Municipal Service Review of Fire-EMS Services
- Learn about our commitment to preserve fire first medical response
- See our current ambulance ordinance in review
- Learn how critical access hospitals in our county face special challenges
- Measure H or CSA-EM1 LAFCO Application July 1989