State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has warned Pinellas commissioners to follow the recommendation of a committee on the scope of a study of the county's emergency medical services system. Or else.
Latvala's warning came in a letter Monday to individual Pinellas County commissioners. Latvala wrote the letter after he discovered County Administrator Bob LaSala is recommending that a consultant be hired to "operationalize" a plan developed by Integral Performance Solutions. A committee set up by the county's Legislative Delegation has recommended the consultant study the IPS plan, the current system and a plan created by firefighters Scott Sanford and Jim Millican.
"On November 30, 2011, the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation issued a recommendation regarding EMS Transport in Pinellas County. Because of the significant differences between the county and cities over EMS service delivery, the Delegation placed a priority on the cities and county working together to further analyze the current service delivery model, as well as the two which were under scrutiny at the time, the IPS and the Sanford-Millican plans.
"This issue continues to be a priority of the delegation, and I was under the impression that the work of the EMS-Fire Transport Committee was proceeding consistent with the November position.
"I understand the Board will consider a recommendation from the County Administrator on July 24
th, which could lead the Board to a study which is not consistent with either the wishes of the Delegation or the work of the Committee.
"I want to make it clear that the Delegation’s position has not changed and that I personally encourage you to honor your commitment to support a comprehensive review of the current system, the IPS model and the Sandford-Millican proposal. Failing a unified effort of the cities and county, the Delegation will be forced to look at options it deems necessary."
-- Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer