He also discussed the challenges to making the most out of the available budgets. He talked about an initiate that would bring on a Physicians Assistant or Nurse Practitioner so that a person needing assistance could be treated at home or referred to a service rather than being taken to an emergency room. He cited a program that was funded by Kaiser in another district that saved $4 million dollars a year for emergency rooms. Another program has placed am ambulance with only EMT’s to respond to medical calls, which make up about 66% of the 911 calls they receive.
In another interesting fact, he mentioned that Station #6, in downtown Concord, is the 4th busiest fire station in the US based on the number of calls they respond to!