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  County Administrator's Report     11. 9.    
BCC Regular Meeting Technical/Public Service Consent  
Meeting Date: 10/06/2016  
Issue:    Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for Advanced and/or Basic Life Support Services in Escambia County
From: Mike Weaver
Department: Public Safety  
CAO Approval:

RECOMMENDATION:
Recommendation Concerning Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Provision of Advanced Life Support and/or Basic Life Support Services in Escambia County, Florida - Michael D. Weaver, Public Safety Department Director

That the Board take the following action concerning Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity:

A. Approve the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for provision of Advanced Life Support and/or Basic Life Support services in Escambia County, Florida, with noted limitations, to Atmore Ambulance, Inc., Escambia County Public Safety Department, Lifeguard Ambulance Service of Florida, LLC, Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC, dba Air Methods Corporation, and Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, effective January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017; and

B. Authorize the Chairman to execute the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for each Agency.
 
BACKGROUND:
In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 401, and County Ordinance 2009-37, emergency medical service providers in Escambia County are required to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners prior to providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) or Basic Life Support (BLS) service. Atmore Ambulance Service, Inc., Escambia County Public Safety Department, Lifeguard Ambulance Service of Florida, LLC, Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC, dba Air Methods Corporation, and Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Van currently hold a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, and have requested renewal. Ordinance 2009-37 authorizes the Board to issue renewals of the certificates when such are found to be of public convenience and necessity.

Following are descriptions of the five providers, the unique service each offers, which provides public convenience and necessity, and their coverage area within the county:

1. Atmore Ambulance, Inc. provides ALS services to the portions of Escambia County served by the Davisville and Walnut Hill telephone extensions. It also provides BLS non-emergency transports to all of Escambia County.

2. Escambia County Public Safety Department provides ALS ground response to the entire County to include all ALS and BLS transfers.

3. Lifeguard Ambulance Service of Florida, LLC provides ambulance ground transportation for patients between their aircraft and Pensacola hospitals, as well as provides out-of-county ambulance transports in support of its air operations. It also provides BLS non-emergency transports to all of Escambia County.

4. Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC dba Air Methods Corporation provides ALS air response transportation to the entire area of Escambia County. Air Methods is a support agency to Escambia County Public Safety/EMS and is primarily used for rapid response and transportation of critically ill or injured patients.

5. Sacred Heart Children's Hospital provides ALS response and transportation of critically ill neonatal (newborn infants) and pediatric cases in the entire area of Escambia County.
BUDGETARY IMPACT:
N/A
LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS/SIGN-OFF:
N/A
PERSONNEL:
N/A
POLICY/REQUIREMENT FOR BOARD ACTION:
This recommendation is in compliance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 401 and County Ordinance 2009-37.
IMPLEMENTATION/COORDINATION:
N/A

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