Sen. Jack Latvala sets first meeting for EMS committee

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Jack Latvala has scheduled the first meeting of a committee to appoint an accountant to study proposed changes to Pinellas County’s emergency medical services system.

The meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 22) at the St. Petersburg College Epicenter, 13805 58th St. N, Largo.

Latvala included in his announcement the full text of the motion delegation members adopted on Nov. 30:

1. That a committee be created with equal representation of the cities and fire service, and the county and Paramedics Plus (the Texas-based, for-profit company that contracts with Pinellas to provide ambulance service).
2. By Jan. 1, 2012, the members of the committee will agree on a chairman and then select a nationally recognized accounting firm that will operationalize, analyze and compare costs of the three variations of EMS service for Pinellas County: the current EMS system in place in Pinellas County, the system as proposed in the IPS plan, and the Sanford-Millican proposal for fire-based transport.
3. The county will pay for the costs of the accounting services from EMS funding.
4. In the interim until completion of the analysis, the parties agree to a delay in implementation of the (LaSala)

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