Harford County Begins Study of Emergency Medical Services System

Harford County has begun a study of its emergency medical services system. Consultants will evaluate the system and determine areas for improvement.

As reported in The Baltimore Sun:

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman informed leaders of the county’s privately operated fire and EMS companies and their association via letter late last week that the county has retained the Center for Health and Homeland Security, or CHHS, at the University of Maryland at Baltimore to conduct this study.

Glassman announced in his January state of the county address that he would be bringing in an outside consultant to look at the EMS response and delivery system, explaining at the time: “On the public safety front, our other policy work will be an analysis of our emergency medical services delivery and organization. We will continue to study internally with our partners in the Foundation and Association, but I am also in the process of exploring partnerships that we can forge with external public policy institutes to assist us by providing expertise and making recommendations.”

In his letter to the fire and EMS service, the full text of which is on Page A10 of today’s edition, Glassman explained that the CHHS study “will build upon the work of the Association’s special committee chaired by Dr. Tim Chizmar to evaluate and propose improvements to our current EMS system, which was completed last fall and provided some good baseline figures that this analysis can build upon. It will also dovetail with a separate internal assessment of EMS currently being headed up by our Director of Emergency Services Eddie Hopkins with input from the fire and EMS community.”

For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Sun.

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