Commissioner reports on emergency medical services

Updated: Mar 10

MOUND CITY – On Monday, Feb. 7, Linn County Commissioner Rick James reported on his attendance at the Kansas Emergency Board of Medical Services meeting in Topeka.

James told the commissioners and AMR representative Virgil Swanson that the State of Kansas was working on using $7 million from their Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to fund the following mainly for medical services in Kansas.

James said that:

  • $1 million would go to non-profits for training Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and paramedics

  • $1 million for a diversion grant – this would allow funds to help hospitals keep their emergency departments open or help with the transporting of patients to other hospitals when emergency rooms were full

  • $3 million for a simulator truck to different localities to help get medical professionals like EMTs and paramedics re-certified

  • $2 million for a Basic Life Support (BLS) virtual exam that would allow EMTs and paramedics to test virtually for their recertification

James also reported that the state was going to start a Fall Prevention Coalition that would teach people, specifically the elderly, techniques and safety techniques to prevent falls. This board for this program has only met twice but will soon be getting this information out through the area agency on aging offices.

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