Chula Vista Fire Department to Provide Ambulance Services

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The Chula Vista City Council recently voted unanimously to accept the Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD) Proposed Fire Department based Ambulance Transport Services. A virtual workshop was held on May 6 allowing the public to submit comments and questions regarding the proposed plan.

CVFD expects to improve service to the community by adding more ambulance units/hours to the system, reducing response times in the eastern part of the City, decreasing the costs of transport bills for patients, and providing unified dispatch of first responder and transport resources with no impact to the City’s General Fund or other public services.
For the past 40 years, ambulance services in Chula Vista have been contracted through a private company.

CVFD also will provide ambulance transport services in partnership with the Imperial Beach
Fire Department and Bonita/Sunnyside Fire Protection District.
Specifically, the improvements include comprehensive control of ambulance placement – ambulances will originate from within the service areas of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and Bonita; increase in unit hours with the addition of two 24-hour units increasing the current six 24-hour units to eight 24-hour units; a unified dispatch which saves time; unified training for consistency and accountability; and continuity of care from initial patient contact to emergency room arrival.

The CVFD Ambulance Transport Services will produce revenue with no impact to the general fund;decrease the base rate for the patient by approximately $1,000; leverage $3.5 million Intergovernmental Transfer (IGT) reimbursement funds; and reinvest revenue to improve/support the delivery system.
The new transport service will be implemented in April 2021. In the meantime, the City will continue to contract with a private company to provide ambulance transport.