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MEDIA RELEASE ON BEHALF OF NORTHWEST FIRE DISTRICT AND RURAL/METRO CORPORATION
For Immediate Release
Northwest Fire District Media Rural/Metro Corporation
Brad Bradley, Assistant Fire Chief - Operations John Karolzak, Vice President
TIERED PUBLIC-PRIVATE AMBULANCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN NORTHWEST FIRE AND RURAL-METRO TO BENEFIT NORTHWEST FIRE DISTRICT RESIDENTS
NORTHWEST FIRE AWARDED STATE CERTIFICATE TO BEGIN AMBULANCE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Tucson, Arizona – March 27, 2015 - - The Northwest Fire District (NWFD) and the Rural/Metro Corporation (R/M) have partnered together in a tiered approach to ambulance transportation for the residents of the NWFD. “The implementation of this public-private partnership focuses on enhancing care and bettering patient outcomes while also eliminating unnecessary redundancies in the system” says Brad Bradley, NWFD’s Assistant Fire Chief of Operations. “We look forward to fully implementing this system over the next few months”.
Northwest Fire has recently been awarded a Certificate of Necessity (CON) by the Arizona Department of Health Services to begin providing advanced life support (ALS) ambulance transportation for the most severely injured or ill patients within NWFD. Under the new model, the NWFD’s currently contracted ambulance transportation partner, Rural/Metro Corporation (R/M), will begin providing basic life support (BLS) and inter-facility transports within NWFD, as well as back-up ALS transportation when needed.
According to Rural/Metro Vice-President John Karolzak “The new ambulance model within the District will realign existing vehicles, equipment, and personnel from both Northwest Fire and R/M. This will result in better operational efficiencies while increasing long-term sustainability.”
The NWFD’s CON award represents an intensive three-year effort. “We’re especially pleased with the decision from the Director of the Department of Health Services in recognizing our combined efforts to better the State of Arizona’s emergency care and ambulance transportation system,” says Patrick McGroder, attorney at Gallagher & Kennedy.
“This cooperative effort has led to the development of a new system built on the strengths of both partners,” says Northwest Fire Chief Michael Brandt. “This is a giant step forward in better serving our citizens and maintaining the highest standard of care we provide to our community.”
Northwest Fire District works to ensure the community receives high-quality fire, emergency medical, and prevention services. Established in 1983, the District covers 104,000 residents and 3,300 commercial occupancies over 135 square miles in unincorporated Pima County and the Town of Marana. Ten strategically located stations are staffed 365 days a year with 192 medically-trained firefighters. The District continues to be a leader in adopting new fire suppression and emergency medical techniques, training, and progressive fire prevention codes.
Rural/Metro is a national leader in private ambulance and fire protection services in 21 states and nearly 700 communities nationwide, with an operating history that began in 1948. Our EMS professionals provide more than 1.5 million 911 emergency and non-emergency interfacility ambulance transports annually.
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