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Board of Health Approves REMSA Franchise Agreement

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Today the Washoe County District Board of Health unanimously approved the revised Franchise Agreement for the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) that includes a number of measures improving the region’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. An EMS Working Group comprised of the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District and REMSA worked collaboratively for almost 16 months to update the Franchise Agreement. The Working Group was guided in these efforts by 38 recommendations provided in a study completed by TriData Division, System Planning Corporation, for the Washoe County Commission in 2012.

At a concurrent meeting in February, the Reno City Council, Sparks City Council, Washoe County Board of Commissioners, and the Washoe County District Board of Health approved the development of a revised Franchise Agreement based on Principles of Agreement established by the Working Group.  The original Franchise Agreement, signed in 1986, created REMSA and provided that organization with the authority to provide paramedic ambulance services. It had been updated since then, but the latest revisions from the EMS Working Group provided the most extensive changes to the franchise agreement since its inception. The revised franchise agreement will be in effect for 16 years with the possibility of two, six-year extension periods if REMSA continues to perform under the requirements of the franchise agreement.

According to Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick, the Franchise Agreement represents negotiated consensus by the EMS Working Group to modernize and improve the franchise agreement. It was a process in which all parties fairly represented their viewpoints, so that the Franchise Agreement represents a consensus for how REMSA can move collaboratively into the future with the rest of Washoe County’s EMS system. “The District Board of Health today finalized the last step in an initiative that took many months of hard work and collaboration between our local governments and REMSA,” said Dick. “We believe that the revised Franchise Agreement will enhance opportunities for REMSA and the Health District, together with other EMS providers, to improve upon an already excellent EMS system that exists in our community.”

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