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Press Release

City of Tracy and San Joaquin County Reach Agreement to Allow Tracy Fire to Respond to All Emergency Medical Calls

Posted: Jun 1, 2017
Location: Tracy, Calif.

Following months of negotiations, the City of Tracy and the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency have reached an agreement to amend San Joaquin County EMS Agency Policy 3202, which limited the Tracy Fire Department (South County Fire Authority) from responding to all emergency medical calls within its jurisdiction.

During a special meeting of the Tracy City Council on May 31, 2017, the Council approved an amendment to the successor agency agreement with the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Service Agency, which will allow the Tracy fire Department to be dispatched at the time of the call to the same incidents, at the same response level, as ambulance resources, except in instances where there is a transport-only request involving a skilled nursing facility, unless requested.

“I am extremely pleased that the City Council approved a new two-year Advance Life Support (ALS) contract that allows the Tracy Fire Department to respond to all EMS emergencies within our jurisdiction. My hope and expectation will be for the San Joaquin County, Board of Supervisors to approve the contract at their meeting on June 13, 2017,” stated Tracy Fire Chief, Randall Bradley. “Our Mayor and City Council made this public safety issue a top priority, and our community group’s effort to collect signatures, write letters and attend meetings brought the needed attention to this important issue. Once fully implemented, this new policy will improve safety for the citizens of the Tracy area.”

Once executed, the two year agreement will commence on July 1, 2017 and will expire on June 30, 2019. While the agreement will not commence until July 1, 2017, the County has agreed to administratively amend EMS Policy 3202 in practice by June 1, 2017, to be effective as soon as practicable. In engaging in these negotiations, the City was committed to working with the County to provide the best possible medical services to the people of Tracy.

“Tracy is a great town, and collectively we came together on a matter of principle and fought for what was right,” stated Tracy Mayor, Robert Rickman. “What this policy does today, and what it will do is save lives. Having local control to deploy our resources to support the health and safety of our residents was our main goal, and it was achieved.”

The amended agreement represents a milestone in the provision of emergency medical services within the South County Fire Authority’s jurisdictional area. The City of Tracy believes that changing the system to allow the Fire Department to respond to all medical emergencies will save lives. The change in policy will also allow the Fire Department to respond to medical emergencies in skilled nursing facilities. Residents in skilled nursing facilities are our most vulnerable population and they should receive the same service levels as the other residents within the community.

For more information, please contact the Tracy Fire Department at (209) 831-6700 or firedept@cityoftracy.org.

Tracy Fire Department
(209) 831-6700

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