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Posted on in Policy Updates

The following (and attached) revised or new Coastal Valleys EMS Agency Administrative Policies have been released with effective date of August 1, 2017:

2009 Special Event Paramedic Accreditation. This is a new policy establishing the credentialing process for short-term accreditation of paramedics to facilitate special event staffing.

4009 Procedures for CVEMSA Paramedics Outside of the Region. Incorporation of Fireline Paramedic into a broader policy that addresses other situations in which CVEMSA paramedics may practice outside the geographic boundaries of the Coastal Valleys EMS Area.

4011 Public Safety Defibrillation. Policy revision to align CVEMSA policy with California Code of Regulations requirements for the authorization of Public Safety Defibrillation programs.

4012 APOT Times. New policy created to comply with California Health and Safety Code revision addressing the collection and reporting of Ambulance Patient Offload Time (APOT) data and sentinel events.

Please distribute these documents within your organization as well as to any stakeholder groups for which you are the EMS liaison.

Posted on in Policy Updates

Posted June 8, 2017

The review and comment period for development and adoption of the following administrative guidelines has been initiated. Please review carefully and submit comments. This public comment period will close August 8, 2017.

Coastal Valleys EMS Agency is in the process of creating a new tier to our current Paramedic Accreditation to include Flight Paramedic Accreditation.

A revised process for flight paramedic accreditation has been developed to recognize the unique needs air ambulance providers and personnel have when working in a multijurisdictional capacity.

The policy removes a number of ground accreditation requirements from the flight paramedic accreditation process. CVEMSA will be moving this entire process into the ImageTrend licensure module in the future.

CVEMSA accredited paramedics currently working as flight personnel will be grandfathered to flight paramedic accreditation status at no charge. New flight paramedics who wish to work both for air and ground transport (or air rescue) will need to apply for and complete both accreditation processes to receive Paramedic and Flight Paramedic Accreditation.

Please forward comments via fax or email to:

Thomas Hinrichs ALS Coordinator-Policy Development
Coastal Valleys EMS Agency
195 Concourse Blvd., Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-565-6510 FAX
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Posted on in Policy Updates

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services-Coastal Valleys EMS Agency has expanded and extended the stakeholder engagement process for the proposal to update the current Emergency Medical Services Ordinance for the County of Sonoma. Our goal is to have a robust group of individuals participating in the process, as partners and the public are critical to the creation of a strong and effective ordinance that both protects the public and adheres to state law.

We will be holding a series of public workshops at various locations across Sonoma County at dates and times that are still to be determined. Our vision is to include individuals from ambulance provider agencies, healthcare facilities, public safety and fire departments as well as from local government agencies. We will be posting additional information as our planning progresses in hopes that a wide range of stakeholders will engage with us in this process.

If you have any additional partners you would like included on notifications and in further outreach opportunities, please contact:

James Salvante, EMS Coordinator
Ph: (707) 565-6503
Fax: (707) 565-6510
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We look forward to working together with you on a collaborative, transparent and accountable process to update the County's EMS Ordinance.

Posted on in Committees

The agenda for the June 1, 2017 meeting of the Mendocino Emergency Medical Care Committee is now available.

Posted on in Committees

The agenda for the April 24, 2017 meeting of the Sonoma County Emergency Medical Care Council is now available.

The agenda for the April 24, 2017 meeting of the Regional Medical Advisory (MAC) Committee is now available.

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Coastal Valleys EMS Agency
195 Concourse Blvd., Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-6501
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