Commissioners approve EMS care, boundaries


People in need of emergency medical care in the outlying regions of Moffat County can rest assured that their emergency responder has the training needed to tend to their injuries.

Eight agencies in Moffat County received licensing certificates, approved by the county commissioners Tuesday, for pre-hospital care. Certified agencies include, Craig Fire/Rescue, Craig Police Department, The Memorial Hospital and Rangely, Little Snake, Rio Tinto, Maybell and Tri-State Generation emergency responders.

All of those agencies are licensed to provide service with Emergency Medical Technicians in emergency situations.

Although all the agencies don't have ambulances, they are likely to be first on the scene of an accident.

"We have come to a point now in Moffat County where we have standardized medical care," Soos said. "You can expect the same level of care throughout the county."

He said that under the direction of the county medical director, Dr. Jon Ossen, the same continuity in care can be found in all the agencies.

"If Tri-State starts work on a patient, the ambulance crews can pick up from there when they arrive," Soos said.

Commissioners also approved the boundary map for EMS responders. The map has existed for some time, but responder boundaries were never formalized.

The Snake River Ambulance out of Baggs, Wyo., for example, responds to accidents in northern Moffat County because its response time would be much quicker than ambulances leaving from Craig.

A Rangely ambulance would respond to an accident near Elk Springs, based on a quicker response time.

The Moffat County EMS Council met with members of all the agencies involved during the past year to work out details of the map.

"The system was designed around who can get there and provide assistance quicker," Soos said. "We had representation from all the groups involved. There was a good spirit of cooperation."

The commissioners:

• Signed payroll and approved accounts payable resolutions

• Awarded the only bid received to Summit Truck Equipment of Brighton in the amount of $78,895 for a shop truck for the county Road and Bridge Department.

• Approved requesting a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers for roadwork to a county gravel pit on Moffat County Road 66. Discussed wage scales for a road and bridge safety coordinator/light equipment operator.

• Approved human resources requests for personnel requisitions for part time help at the Clerk and Recorder's Office, and a part time custodial technician for grounds and buildings. Three applications have been received for the position of veteran's service officer.

• Approved Pre-Hospital Care Licensing Certificates and EMS boundaries map.

• Approved purchase of existing tower at Dalton Flats for 800 megahertz radios for $17,000 from 2-way Radio Service in Rawlins, Wyo. The money will come from a Homeland Security grant.

• Approved an airport apron project in the amount of $502,544.50 to Connell Resources with stipulations that the contractor will comply with immigration requirements.

• Discussed 2007 budget process with administrator Tinneal Gerber.

• Received a general update from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

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