Plans To Improve Emergency Service

The Plattsmouth Emergency Medical Services Board is recommending the city continue to contract with American Medical Response rescue services for weekday rescue coverage for no more than 180 days once the current 24/7 agreement ends November 18th.

The Cassgram reports that the current contract had AMR taking only the rescue call fees as compensation. The new contract would involve a monthly fee paid by the city on top of AMR’s patient billing collections.

AMR offered three proposals for a new contract: (The following proposals were for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.)

A. A full crew with transport squad in the city; $26,500 monthly

B. A paramedic (with advanced life support certification) in town with equipment for first response in a non-transport vehicle; $15,900 monthly.

C. An emergency medical technician in town for first response in a non-transport vehicle; $12,300 monthly.

Under options B and C, AMR transport squads would respond from the nearest location, which may be the Omaha area.

The Plattsmouth volunteer rescue department is expected to have the green light to run the red lights again and if they do, the EMS Board would like it to cover the weekends—5pm Friday through 5am Monday, said board chairman Terry Kerns.

The EMS Board recommended option B to the city council with the 5-day schedule provided Plattsmouth volunteers have a duty roster and the department passes the state certification inspection.

Plattsmouth volunteers would also be able to respond in a type of “second responder” role during the week, said Kerns.

When EMS Board members met Wednesday night, they only had the AMR cost proposals for 7-day coverage; the weekend coverage by Plattsmouth volunteers had not been a consideration. City Administrator Erv Portis talked with AMR Thursday about the monthly rate for 5-day coverage. He said AMR is willing to be “flexible.” He’ll present AMR’s 5-day-week cost proposals when the city council meets in special session at 8am Saturday (11/7).

Kerns said the EMS Board is hoping to recommend a final plan for rescue service in the Plattsmouth district during the next 90 days.

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