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File #: Res 0701-2011    Version: * Name: The Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of NYC to review and revise the NYC Mutual Aid Mobilization System Protocol.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 3/23/2011
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on The Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City to review and revise the New York City Mutual Aid Mobilization System Protocol.
Sponsors: Elizabeth S. Crowley, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Lewis A. Fidler, Letitia James, Annabel Palma, Larry B. Seabrook, Vincent J. Gentile, James F. Gennaro, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Margaret S. Chin
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 3/9/11, 2. Hearing Testimony 3/9/11, 3. Hearing Transcript 3/9/11, 4. Committee Report 4/6/11, 5. Hearing Transcript 4/6/11, 6. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-6-11
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4/6/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/6/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/6/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/6/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Public Safety Approved by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/6/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/23/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/23/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/9/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Transportation P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/9/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Transportation Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/9/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Public Safety P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/9/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Public Safety Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/9/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/9/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 701
 
 
Resolution calling on The Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City to review and revise the New York City Mutual Aid Mobilization System Protocol.
 
 
By Council Members Crowley, Comrie, Fidler, James, Palma, Seabrook, Gentile, Gennaro, Mark-Viverito and Chin     
 
      Whereas, On December 26, 2010, New York City experienced one of the most severe blizzards in its history; and
Whereas, The storm's significant snowfall, in conjunction with powerful winds, overwhelmed the City's emergency management efforts; and
Whereas, During the course of the storm more than 200 ambulances became stuck in the snow; and
Whereas, On December 27, 2010, the New York City  Fire Department ("FDNY") reported a 1,300 call backlog of 911 emergency medical calls, while other reports indicated a 3-hour wait for critical medical calls and a 12-hour wait for non-critical medical calls; and
Whereas, According to FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, the City requested  mutual aid from city and state ambulance providers in the early morning hours on December 27, 2010; and
Whereas, The Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City ("REMSCO") is responsible to New York State for coordinating medical services in all five boroughs of New York City; and
Whereas, REMSCO's Mutual Aid Mobilization Protocol sets forth a uniform procedure for the request and utilization of the City's mutual aid partners, which include (i) eighteen voluntary hospitals, (ii) thirty-six community based volunteer ambulance companies, and (iii) fifteen private ambulance companies; and
Whereas, The Mutual Aid Mobilization Protocol is meant to help ensure a reliable and safe response by ambulance resources from New York City Emergency Medical Service ("EMS")  agencies to any incident within New York City; and      
Whereas, According to reports, the City's response to mutual aid was far from optimal with only a few of the city ambulance providers participating beyond what they are contractually obligated to provide; and
Whereas, Some of the ambulance providers who did not participate in the call for mutual aid cited various obstacles that deterred or prevented them from participating in the mutual aid mobilization including: (i) the belief that the FDNY waited too long to call for mutual aid; (ii) the assertion that EMS representatives changed the telephone number required for some ambulance providers to log into the 911 system without notifying providers; (iii) the unwillingness or inability of the City to assist mutual aid partners in freeing their ambulances from the snow; and (iv) the FDNY's failure to issue radios to ambulance providers prior to significant snow accumulation; and
Whereas, REMSCO's Mutual Aid Mobilization Protocol has remained unrevised since 2002; and
Whereas, REMSCO should review and revise its Mutual Aid Mobilization Protocol to foster greater mutual aid participation by city ambulance providers in the event of a large scale emergency by (i) establishing greater certainty regarding the appropriate time to call for mutual aid, (ii) ensuring an effective method is in place for participants to access the 911 system, (iii) requiring the FDNY to issue necessary equipment prior to a large scale emergency, and (iv) assuring the City's assistance in removing other obstacles that may hinder mutual aid participation; and
Whereas, These revisions would assist in enhancing and increasing the level of participation in mutual aid, thereby increasing emergency ambulance service in a large scale emergency; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on The Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City to review and revise the New York City Mutual Aid Mobilization System Protocol.
 
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