Make no mistake about it, the West Valley is no longer getting the local government coverage it once had. This concerns us. And that's why we feel we have a responsibility to keep Estrella residents informed.
To get up to speed on what we've covered so far, please visit these links:
Waiting Game: July 11, 2016
CantaMia Growth and Fire Service Demands: July 10, 2016
Estrella House Fire Response Times: June 29, 2016
Goodyear Under Fire: June 28, 2016
Fire Station Funding: March 17, 2016
Triggers, Thresholds, and Fire Service Demands: March 10, 2016
Saving Lives, City Budgets, and Growth in Estrella: January 26, 2016
Community Paramedicine: December 2015
You will not find this extensive coverage anywhere else.
SEPTEMBER 2016 UPDATE
Info from staff notes here.
Goals of the paramedicine program are: The pilot project staff goals are; reducing the burden on the 911 system, creating more fiscal responsibility with tax payer dollars, decreasing unnecessary emergency room visits, opportunities for regional collaboration to maximize resources and creating a public/private partnership.
New info: On June 1, 2016 the department was notified it received a service agreement for a regional pilot project for $120,000.
Fiscal Analysis for 1 calendar year: The pilot project is supplied by Phoenix Health Plan Inc. who is owned by Tenet Healthcare and requires no match by the city. The grant will fund the development of training programs, provider training and the actual process of meeting with patients in the different cities. Salary costs and other associated equipment costs will be covered under the grant for all of the participating cities.
THE COST PER CALL IS $270 USING A FOUR-PERSON RESPONSE CREW.
See the city work session and review meeting minutes here.
ESTRELLA FIRE STATION UPDATE
These issues will be discussed at the Goodyear City Council annual retreat. The public is welcome to attend to listen.
OCTOBER 21 - 22, 2016
Goodyear Justice Center
Mayor Lord is doing a great job allowing the fire chief give his full presentations before council members start asking questions and interrupting. These meetings are so much easier to follow and understand.
We sincerely ask local media outlets to start paying attention and reporting on these issues. Resident tax dollars and livelihoods are on the line.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Barber is a Goodyear resident resident of almost 20 years and a retired broadcast news journalist. Involved in various nonprofit and city organizations since 2008, Barber has a unique view of what's happening in the West Valley of Arizona.