MARTINEZ -- The Contra Costa Emergency Medical Care Committee is holding a special meeting Wednesday evening to get feedback from the public on a draft study of the county's emergency medical services system.

The draft report by consultant Fitch and Associates analyzes ways to continue reliable, high-quality emergency and medical transportation in Contra Costa County within modern-day fiscal constraints, given increased call volumes as well as recent nationwide health care reforms.

The public comment period runs until 5 p.m. May 6, the same day the draft study will be rolled out to the county Board of Supervisors.

The EMS study and a link to submit comments are available on the Contra Costa Health Services department's website at http://cchealth.org/ems/system-review.php.

Fitch is soliciting feedback from the public as well as from health care and emergency medical services providers, including local fire departments, ambulance operators and hospitals.

The committee includes representatives of various police, fire, medical and communications agencies in the county, community groups, and national groups such as the American Heart Association and American Red Cross. A membership list is available through the Health Services Department website.


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The meeting is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors chamber, 651 Pine St., Martinez, and will be broadcast live on Contra Costa Television.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner.

if you go:
  • What: Meeting of the Contra Costa Emergency Medical Care Committee
  • Where: Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors chamber, 651 Pine St., Martinez
  • When: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Draft study: http://cchealth.org/ems/system-review.php