San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 will hold a special meeting at 12 noon Tuesday, November 12 at the Frank Wilson EMS building on Spring Street in Friday Harbor. The agenda is short:
Discuss/Act on Interlocal Agreement between San Juan Island EMS and San Juan Island Fire and Rescue
In order for the interlocal agreement, which gives administrative control of SJEMS to SJIF&R, both the PHD and the Fire Commission must sign it. Three PHD commissioners - Mark Schwinge, Michael Edwards, and Rebecca Smith -- have been adamantly pursuing the approval of the ILA before their terms expire. The move has been opposed by Commissioners Warren Appleton and Anna Lisa Lindstrum, the Citizen Advisory Group, the newly elected PHD commissioners, members of the public.
Fire Commissioner Bob Jarman has informed everyone involved that his board will not approve an ILA unless the PHD commission - including the four newly elected commissioners - unanimously approve it.
The special meeting was scheduled after Jarman's letter was received by the PHD board.
- Sharp: Don't put the cart before the horse with proposed EMS/Fire merger
- Dr. Geyman: Premature merger vote would be irresponsible
- Drath: Opposes hasty move by Schwinge, Edwards and Smith
- UPDATE: Fire won't sign ILA unless ALL PHD commissioners agree on it
- PHD Board continues rush to adopt contract, will meet Oct. 21 and 23
- Madsen: Urging PHD to slow down merger process
- PHD continues discussing EMS/Fire contract October 16
- Why are Smith, Edwards determined to turn San Juan EMS over to Fire in the next six weeks?
- EMS/Fire Dept draft contract tabled for at least a week
- Draft EMS/Fire contract put on hold
- Under proposed EMS/Fire contract: It's merger first, details later
- Highlights of CAG report on Fire and EMS integration
- Appears CAG is recommending SJ EMS integrate with San Juan Island Fire Dept
- CAG's decison on SJ EMS and Fire Dept. consolidation recommendation to be announced April 2
- SJ EMS Chief quits; recommends EMS join Fire Department
Francis Smith Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:27 Comment Link
What's the rush? There hasn't been a rush. The first responders of San Juan Island EMS, both staff and citizen volunteers, have managed to competently perform the exacting, emotionally exhausting and sometime dangerous job of responding to medical and trauma 911 calls for the past several years (years, not weeks or months) in an environment of political chaos. A medical program director left the unit, three chiefs have been installed and have been forced to spend their time dealing with political issues with two deeply divided Hospital Boards and a flock of naysayers. No one has complained about the field performance of the first responders - the infighting appears to be purely political in nature. The unit finally has a chance to be combined with Fire District 3, under a Board who's sole job is to oversee a first responders organization. Now a new hospital board is about to be sworn in with new members who, with virtually no experience with first responder organizations, wish to undo the hard work that has been performed to date and leave the responders to carry on in a continuing swirl of confusion while the new board learns Roberts Rules of Order. How long can the responders keep up their good work under these conditions?Report