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REMSA, Reno Fire Department Review EMS Response

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The Reno Fire Department and REMSA announced Thursday they're reviewing their protocols for how they respond to medical emergencies.
After a meeting between the heads of the two agencies on Thursday, they announced they will no longer respond jointly to calls that include minor incidents to better use their resources more efficiently.

“For those calls that are minor calls, we're not going to waste dual resources. There is no reason for both of us to be there. Those minor calls are more things like toothache and minor, minor illnesses and injuries,” says Jim Gubbels, President REMSA and Care Flight.
This joint statement was issued from the Reno Fire Department and REMSA on the outcome of the meeting:

“We are currently revising existing medical response protocols based upon the meeting. Our medical directors are reviewing our priority 1 (life threatening) and priority 2 responses in order to ensure operational coordination.

On July 11 we will have a joint meeting with all first responders in the region, REMSA, and Washoe County Health District so that it’s clear for our entire EMS systems on how we will respond, with the end goal of excellent patient care, operational efficiencies, and improved communications.

The Reno Fire Department and REMSA work jointly to continuously improve patient care and system delivery for the citizens of the region.”

The City of Reno says on June 17th, there was an Emergency Medical Services call on Lemmon Drive in Lemmon Valley involving the Reno Fire Department, Reno Police Department, and REMSA. In response to the call for service, during which Reno Fire Department personnel refused to respond to a lift-assist request by the Reno Police Department, the City of Reno is issuing the following statement:

"Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez has assured me the Reno Fire Department's response to future incidents of this nature will not be handled in the manner as the June 17, 2014 incident," Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says. "Some of the actions taken by the Reno Fire Department on June 17 were unacceptable. The Reno Fire Department will continue to provide assistance to the Reno Police Department, REMSA, and/or any other agency requesting assistance during a medical emergency."

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