Va. ambulance agency receives risk management performance award
Richmond Ambulance Authority's clinical education staff was singled out for developing and maintaining an in-depth safe ambulance operator training program
RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Ambulance Authority has been awarded a Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs (VMLIP) Risk Management Performance Award for 2017. RAA was recognized Friday, May 12th at VMLIP’s 2017 Annual Meeting held in Glen Allen.
Each year, Risk Management Performance Awards are presented to members with a proactive risk management attitude and commitment, excellent loss experience and reporting time, or a significant improvement in their loss ratios. The purpose of the award is to encourage and recognize outstanding risk management performance.
RAA’s clinical education staff was singled out for developing and maintaining an in-depth safe ambulance operator training program for current and new ambulance operators. The RAA Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) is mandated by the Virginia Department of Health’s, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) for all individuals operating an ambulance. The accompanying level of safe vehicle operation has resulted in lower-than-industry levels of ‘at fault’ vehicle accidents for RAA’s fleet size and a reduction in overall insurance premiums.
The award was also attributed to RAA’s efforts to preserve and protect IT and business infrastructure through Continuity of Business and Continuity of Operations Planning efforts. RAA’s Safety and Risk Management Director, Bryan McRay, said ‘a part of the culture of safety is focused on Risk Management as well as risk reduction. To this effort, RAA has been working with services offered by VML to do our best to provide for Continuity of Business and Continuity of Operations should a catastrophic event occur. These efforts are primarily focused on the business side of RAA. These include data storage protection and backup, important document preservation, and working to establish as many safeguards as possible to support the RAA mission in austere conditions should the need arise’.
VMLIP is the first and largest group self-insurance pool in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more than 35 years, VMLIP has provided auto, property, liability, and workers’ compensation coverage to more than 470 local political subdivisions across Virginia.