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March 20, 2014

Conn. pushes lawmakers for local say in primary EMS

Officials are trying to persuade the state to give cities and towns more clout when it comes to choosing services, and switching when unhappy

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NAUGATUCK, Conn. — Saying that the Naugatuck Ambulance Association has created an “emergency situation” in the borough, Naugatuck officials will attempt to persuade lawmakers to allow municipalities more flexibility in changing emergency medical service providers.

Leading the charge, Deputy Mayor Tamath Rossi will testify at a hearing before the Public Health Committee Wednesday in Hartford. She will ask the committee to consider allowing municipalities to have a say in who is granted a primary (EMT) service area responder, or PSAR, designation, which gives exclusive rights to the PSAR holder to provide EMT service in a given area.

Currently, the Naugatuck Ambulance Association holds the PSAR for Naugatuck. That decision was handed down by the state more than 20 years ago.

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Rommie Duckworth Rommie Duckworth Thursday, March 20, 2014 2:47:04 PM Oddly enough I was at that very meeting, having given testimony on CT’s Stroke Systems of Care earlier in the day. This is a heated debate with passionate arguments on both sides. On the one side, you have EMS services holding PSAs worrying that a municipality may simply pull that PSA without prior cause (wording in the proposal by the investigating Task Force), and on the other side municipalities argue that they should have more control over who provides EMS service to the people in the communities that they are charged with administering.

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