Changes to EMS service under consideration

Town Board members put off signing a request from Westchester County Emergency Medical Services to alter use of the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC) advanced life support (ALS) vehicle, known as the “fly car.”

The county is proposing that the dispatch of fly cars to the scenes of motor vehicle accidents be reduced because analysis of use data shows that “approximately 80% of motor vehicle accidents do not require advanced life support level care and only require basic life support services.”

The County EMS said that under the new guidelines, “no ALS unit will be dispatched unless requested by a first responder on the scene or at the discretion of the Emergency Communications Center dispatcher based on call taker information that may identify a serious injury.”

LVAC Capt. Robert E. Stoddard has indicated he believes the proposed change is acceptable, but Town Board members said they would ask him to attend the next Town Board meeting to answer questions and provide more details.

About author
Jane K. Dove is an independent journalist and publicist working in the tri-state area. A native of Chicago, she is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and honed her skills as a writer working as associate director of public affairs at New York Medical College. She has reported for the Ledger for three decades.

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