State Sen. Jack Latvala schedules public hearing on EMS
The Pinellas County Legislative Delegation has scheduled a public hearing about the county’s emergency medical services system.
Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is proposing that the county change the funding formula for the 18 fire districts that provide the service. LaSala and the county have asked the delegation to pass a law that would give the County Commission free rein in establishing funding levels.
Many cities and districts object to LaSala’s proposal and have said they are interested in having their firefighters, rather than a private ambulance company, take patients to the hospital. The delegation has another bill before it that would require the county to use firefighters to transport patients.
The delegation’s hearing is designed to let the members hear thoughts about the bills and EMS from county and agency officials as well as members of the public.
“Pinellas County is unique in that we have 24 municipalities as well as the unincorporated areas. Within our borders we have 14 law enforcement agencies, 18 municipal and independent special district fire departments and Sunstar,” state Sen. Jack Latvala said. Latvala, R-Clearwater, is the delegation head.
The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. For information or to sign up to speak, contact Latvala’s office at (727) 556-6500 or email him at Latvala.Jack.firstname.lastname@example.org. Speaker Request Forms are available on the delegation website at pinellascounty.org/delegation .
-- Anne Lindberg, Times staff writer