Idaho state officials have been holding a series of meetings across the state to gather information and possible solutions to the challenges being faced by volunteer Emergency Medical Services organizations. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (:56)
What the state officials are trying to do is better understand what they can do to help volunteer EMS in the state, at a time when some rural communities are struggling to recruit EMS volunteers and some face funding and resources issues.
Wayne Denny is chief of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:
Wayne Denny: “We need to really explore what we can do. We’ve got some really smart, well-trained people. So, what else can we to with them to leverage the knowledge and the willingness and the capability that we’ve got to put it to the best use we can?”
Almost 30 people attended a public meeting in Moscow on June 14, and about 100 people attended a June 11 meeting in Grangeville. In all, 16 meetings were scheduled.
Denny says the suggestions and comments and data from these meetings will be pulled together into a report, and then the bureau will get together with state lawmakers to talk about how best to address the issues.
I’m Glenn Mosley.
Posted June 15, 2018
(Photo: June 14, 2018 meeting, Gritman Regional Medical Center, Moscow)