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Community Input Requested to Improve Ambulance Services in Backcountry: County

County officials will hold a series of public forums to discuss emergency services

County officials have requested community input to improve the quality of emergency medical services in the backcountry of San Diego County.

They would like feedback from residents who live in these areas, which includes rural and desert communities.

“We have seen large population growth in the county over the past 30 years, and changes in where people live and work. We’ve also seen changes to technology, including that which is used for dispatching ambulances,” said Andy Parr, EMS Administrator for the County of San Diego, in a statement.

A series of community forums will be held to ensure the public is well-informed about the county's plans.

“This study will look at how to ensure the closest, most appropriate resource can be sent to the scene of a medical emergency in the backcountry—the right service, to the right person, at the right time," added Parr.

County officials said the forums, organized by the County Health and Human Services Agency's office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), are set for the following dates and locations:

  • On Aug 21, at the Alpine County Library, located on 1752 Alpine Blvd in Alpine from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • On Aug. 22, at the Julian Branch Library, located on 1850 CA-78 in Julian from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • On Aug. 23, at the Valley Center Library, located on 29200 Cole Grade Rd in Valley Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • On Aug. 24, at the Deer Springs FPD Station 1, located on 8709 Circle R Drive in Escondido from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • On Aug. 25, at Campo Village Library, located at 31356 CA-94 in Campo from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • On Aug. 25, at Crest Branch Library, located at 105 Juanita Lane in El Cajon from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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