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Minutes of Redding Paramedic Alliance, 09/03/2015

AGENDA: Redding Paramedic Alliance

RECEIVED 09/10/2015 1:00pm

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Minutes

MEMBERS PRESENT:       JULIA PEMBERTON, WADE ROESE

ALSO PRESENT:                 MATT CASSAVECHIA, AMY ALCOTT

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 17:15

THE MINUTES OF THE JUNE 11TH 2015 MEETING WERE READ AND ACCEPTED

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  THE REDDING 100YEAR CELEBRATION DID NOT TAKE PLACE AS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED. THE NEW DATE IS OCTOBER 4, 2015. A PARAMEDIC WAS REQUESTED  TO BE PLACED IN SERVICE FOR THAT DAY.

NEW BUSINESS:   JULIA PEMBERTON ASKED ABOUT CLARIFICATION OF NEW REDDING TOWN ABULANCE DAY SHIFT HOURS FOR WRFD AND RRFD. WADE ROESE CLARIFIED; RRFD AMBULANCE DAY CREW IS OPERATIONAL FROM 7:30AM TO 4:30PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND IS NOW WORKING OUT OF THE CENTRAL FD LOCATION. WRFD IS NOW IN SERVICE FROM 7AM TO 7PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND IS WORKING OUT OF THE WRFD LOCATION. EACH DEPARTMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE WEEK TO RUN THE DAY CREW SHIFT AND SWITCHES WEEKLY. RRFD IS LOOKING TO MOVE WRFD AMBULANCE TO WORK OUT OF THE CENTRAL FD FOR ITS WEEKLY DAY CREW SHIFT.

JULIA PEMBERTON MENTIONED THAT IT WAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED IN THE NEWS TIMES THAT WRFD IS LACKING MEMBERSHIP AT THIS TIME. WADE ROESE STATED THAT RRFD HAS RECENTLY CERTIFIED 7 NEW EMTS AND IS CURRENTLY DOING WELL WITH MEMBERSHIP.

JULIA PEMBERTON STATED THAT THE SELECTMEN IN REDDING ARE AWARE THAT THE TAX ABATEMENT GIVEN TO VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE TOWN IS CONSIDERED TAXABLE INCOME. SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT CHANGE IN THE FUTURE. SHE IS LOOKING TO SEE IF THERE IS A LEGISLATIVE FIX TO THE PROBLEM, IF NOT, PERHAPS RAISING THE ABATEMENT AMOUNT MAY BE IN ORDER.

ALSO, RENTERS IN TOWN MAY NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE ENTIRE ABATEMENT AMOUT

WADE ROESE STATED THAT VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT ONLY LESS EXPENSIVE THAN A PAID FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THE TOWN, BUT THE VOLUNTEER RESPONSE TO A FIRE INCIDENT IS GREATER THAN IT WOULD BE FOR A PAID CREW.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO ISSUES PENDING.

OPEN FORUM:   WADE ROESE STATED THAT RRFD IS DOING TRAINING BECAUSE OF NEW PROTOCOLS. THEY ARE PREPARED FOR 12 LEAD HEART MONITORS TO BE IN SERVICE.

MATT CASSAVECHIA STATED THE LEVEL OF PARAMEDIC COVERAGE MAY NOT BE WORTH OF THE EXPENSE OF THE 12 LEAD MACHINES. ESPECIALLY WITH REDDINGS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE HOSPITAL. HE FURTHER MENTIONED THAT PARAMEDICS NOW MEASURE THE TIMING ON HEART PATIENTS VERY CLOSELY; FROM THE TIME OF THE PRIMARY ASSESMENT ON SCENE TO THE TIME IN THE OR TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE GOOD TIMES FOR SAVING THE LIVES OF THESE PATIENTS. EACH RESIDENT NOW GETS VERY GOOD PARAMEDIC COVERAGE IN REDDING.

WADE ROESE ASKED IF THE ACTIVITY IN BETHEL WAS AFFECTING RESPONSE TIMES TO REDDING. MATT CASAVECHIA STATED THE ANSWER WAS NO. WADE ROESE ASKED FOR A BREAKDOWN OF REDDING ACTIVITY FOR EACH DISTRICT. MATT CASAVECHIA AGREED TO HAVE THAT FOR OUR NEXT MEETING IN DECEMBER.

THERE IS CURRENTLY NO UPDATE ON THE COMPLETION OF THE CELL TOWER. THERE IS STILL NO START DATE.

WADE ROESE ADVISED THAT RRFD HAS INSTITUDED A BUILDING COMMITTEE FOR THE FIRE HOUSE ON ROUTE 58. AFTER REPLACING THE FLAG POLE, CRACKS IN THE FOUNDATION WERE DISCOVERED. THE DEPARTMENT MAY BE LOOKING TO MODIFY THE BUILDING IN THE FUTURE, AND THE STRUCTUAL INTEGRITY IS BEING INVESTIGATED.

RON ROMANO WAS NOT PRESENT FOR THIS MEETING AND THE LAST MEETING. WADE ROESE STATED HE MAY HAVE A HEALTH ISSUE AND THERE MAY BE CAUSE FOR CONCERN. AMY ALCOTT WILL FOLLOW UP WITH THE WRFD CHIEF TO SEE IF RON OR ANOTHER REPRESENTATIVE WILL BE PRESENT FOR THE NEXT MEETING.

FOR THE NEXT MEETING, IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONFIRM ATTENDENCE WITH AMY ALCOTT PRIOR TO THE MEETING. THE NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 3, 2015 AT THE TOWN HALL. A REMINDER WILL BE SENT.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 17:37

SUBMITTED BY AMY ALCOTT