York County mulls upgrade of ambulance dispatch policies

Posted November 12, 2012 10:07 pm | Filed under Local News

York County Council got its first whiff of an updated plan for the dispatching of ambulances Monday night. For years, when a medical call is dispatched in York County, 9-1-1 personnel will dispatch a Piedmont ambulance and, in rural areas, the local rescue squad’s ambulance, resulting in many cases with two ambulances racing towards a call.

Gary Loflin heads York County’s 9-1-1 center.

Loflin says that under the new proposal, all ambulances participating in the county’s medical dispatch system will be fitted with GPS units that will allow dispatchers to send the nearest ambulance.

Loflin says the plan currently under review would hopefully serve the county for the next 20 years.

Last night, representatives from area rescue squads did voice their concerns over who would be in charge of the county’s combined EMS service.

Under the plan shown Monday, control would remain in the hands of a doctor approved by Piedmont Medical Center. Several representatives of the squads suggested the county choosing a hospital-independent medical control physician.

Under the plan, all EMS units would also be under the control of a medical control physician that makes policy directives, oversees medicines, training and techniques.

Loflin says having that medical control physician reporting to the County Manager is important.