Nev. county changes EMS response type based on transport data
Clark County will begin to use Advanced EMT staffing after years of ALS staffing for every call
By Bill Carey
CLARK COUNTY, Nev. — Clark County is implementing changes to the type of EMS response to 911 calls and staffing requirements, with ambulance companies anticipating improved response times and increased ambulance availability.
These changes, spearheaded by Clark County Fire, aim to address the challenges posed by a growing population, an increase in 911 calls and a shortage of paramedics, Fox 5 Las Vegas reported.
Over several years, Clark County has responded to EMS calls with at least one paramedic on each ambulance. Deputy Fire Chief Jennifer Wyatt said that out of the annual 136,000 to 150,000 911 calls, less than half required transportation. A significant portion of the responses would fall under the BLS classification.
Starting in November, 911 dispatch will add “Intermediate Life Support” for less urgent calls, which require minimum staffing of an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician or AEMT.
It will be up to dispatchers to match the call with the necessary response. Wyatte said if an EMS crew needs a higher-level response in the field, it can call for backup.