Cover It Live Recap: Truckee Fire Protection District meeting on Squaw ambulance issue
May 14, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee Fire Protection District Board met at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Truckee Sanitary District Board Room at 12304 Joerger Drive.
The meeting’s agenda included an item on the Exclusive Operating Area, relating to the Olympic Valley issue, and a closed session item for and#8220;anticipated litigation and#8230; per May 11, 2010 letter from Victoria Pinette, Sierra Sacramento EMSA.and#8221;
Reporter Greyson Howard will cover the event live at http://www.sierrasun.com. Tune in starting at 5:15 p.m. and feel free to send in your comments and chime in on the action.
After significant pressure from a number of agencies and residents and amid accusations its board of directors is an unethical body, the Truckee Fire Protection District has pulled its ambulance out of Olympic Valley.
According to a statement from the district, while the ambulance was removed Saturday, May 15, until further notice, officials say they have the right and obligation to operate in Olympic Valley.
and#8220;TFPD believes closing the station is a disservice to our EMS constituents in Olympic Valley,and#8221; according to the statement. and#8220;However, because of recent actions by local agencies including a threat by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency to revoke TFPD’s paramedic ambulance permit if they remain in Olympic Valley, we feel this is our best course of action at this time.and#8221;
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Sierra Sacramento Valley, the authority for ambulance services in the region, sent the letter May 11, stating Truckee Fire had 10 days to show cooperation with other districts in the area, and to improve response times within the district.
Other agencies that took issue with Truckee Fire’s placement of an ambulance in Olympic Valley include Squaw Valley Public Service District and Fire Department, Placer County as represented by Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery and the Office of Emergency Services, and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.
What would happen with the condominium rented by Truckee Fire for the six month period proposed is unclear from the Truckee Fire statement, as is further planned action in response to the letter from Sierra Sacramento Valley.
Truckee Fire officials said the district hopes to have the matter settled and#8220;in the very near future.and#8221;