Board approves agreement with county to provide emergency medical services

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously adopted a resolution last week that authorizes a mutual agreement with Fayette County to provide emergency medical services.
Board members took the action Thursday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Kelly Rector and seconded by Alderman John Troncone.
The resolution notes that:
(1) Oakland has a fire department that maintains emergency medical response units and personnel trained to perform emergency medical services.
(2) Fayette County has an ambulance service and a 911 emergency medical services dispatcher.
(3) The town and county desire to enter into an Inter-Local Cooperation Act contract in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated Section 12-9-101, et seq.
The resolution also states that the agreement’s “general purpose” is to enable the town and county to cooperate on a basis of “mutual advantage” to provide emergency medical services in a manner that will “accord best with all factors” influencing the needs and demands of the town and county.
It notes that the agreement’s “specific purpose” is to enable a “rapid response” to individuals in need of emergency medical care.
The resolution authorizes Mayor Chris Goodman to execute and submit the necessary documents to implement the agreement.
During their May 21 meeting, the board members discussed whether to help the county pay the cost of its planned Emergency Services Study.
Goodman said the total cost of the study is $18,000. Based on its per-capita income, Oakland’s share would be approximately $3,400, which would come out of the town’s General Fund.
The mayor noted that Oakland apparently is the only municipality in the county that is currently talking about the study. He said Somerville has told him that, “without question,” it does not intend to “participate” in helping to pay for it.
“And I don’t believe there are any other municipalities that have been approached,” he said. “I know it was discussed, but I don’t know that any were ever directly approached like Oakland and Somerville were.”
Goodman noted that the entire county will benefit from the study. And he said Oakland will benefit, because it will receive the data it needs from a “marketing perspective” to entice medical staff to locate here.
The mayor said “a couple of” Oakland residents are examining “alternative” ways to get some emergency services in the town more quickly. “With all due respect,” he said, Oakland is “far ahead” of the county’s other municipalities.
“Our firefighters’ training and their ability now to stabilize a patient on the scene is just incredible,” he said. “We’ve got basically the same thing that the EMTs do at this point.”
If the board wants to help pay the cost of the study, Goodman said, a resolution will have to be prepared to designate the funds.
“If you don’t, or there’s more information you need,” he concluded, “we just need to know, so we can provide something back to the county commission relatively soon.”