Jack Latvala lays down the law on Pinellas EMS study
State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has warned Pinellas commissioners that they ignore the wishes of the county Legislative Delegation at their own risk.
Latvala's warning came Monday in a letter to each commissioner about a scheduled vote to hire a consultant to study proposals about the future of Pinellas' emergency medical services system.
A committee set up by Latvala and the Legislative Delegation has recommended hiring a consultant to study the current system, a proposal made by County Administrator Bob LaSala and a fire transport plan developed by firefighters Scott Sanford and Jim Millican. But LaSala is recommending the commission forget about fire transport and study only his plan, which was developed by consultant Integral Performance Solutions.
Latvala reminded Pinellas commissioners that's not what the delegation intended:
"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.