On May 10, 2016, a representative from the State Board of EMS stopped by our Fire/EMS building. Initially he stated he was there to do a mock inspection so that, when we have our official inspection, we would know what to expect and would also give us time to correct our deficiencies. After a few minutes, he began to discuss with us our EMS staffing issues and stated that the State is aware of what’s been going on.
The rep looked at our staffing calendar, roster and call log. As of May 10, we have been put on notice and will be required to report to the state the first of each month and provide them with the calls we ran, response time and the number of calls that Halstead EMS ran for us.
Currently we are not in compliance with staffing and response times. The state requires that the time the call is paged to the time that the ambulance goes en route must be five minutes or less.
As long as we, the City of Sedgwick, are working toward a solution to fix our issues, the State Board of EMS will leave us alone. However, if we continue to do nothing and rely on Halstead to take the majority of our calls, at some point the State will step in.