Emergency Medical Services
Timely access to life-saving emergency medical services is critical to the reduction of fatalities and life-altering injuries resulting from motor vehicle collisions. OTS provides funds for cost-effective programs that incorporate effective strategies for improving California’s EMS system’s ability to meet the needs of motor vehicle collision victims. OTS-funded programs provide life-saving equipment, training, reliable ambulance transportation, effective communications, public information, education, and access to data and evaluation tools.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROGRAM AREA GOALS
- To decrease the average response time for the arrival of appropriate equipment at collision sites in rural areas
2017 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTSRegional Collision Response and Extrication Improvement Program
The Rescue Fire Protection District provided new extrication equipment and tools to seven fire stations located throughout El Dorado County. The new extrication equipment replaced outdated equipment that was unreliable and cumbersome to use. The new tools are lighter, stronger and faster, and compatible with new vehicle technology. Rescue Fire Department trained more than one hundred firefighters in the use of the new equipment and provided severaldemonstrations to the public. Average extrication times dropped from 20 minutes to approximately 15 minutes. The decrease in extrication time has allowed for faster transportation and treatment of collision victims within El Dorado County.