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Board to reconsider ambulances at football games

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 6:10 PM
Last updated 11:12 PM
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The Richmond County Board of Education will reconsider a vote that did away with ambulances at middle and high school football games after reviewing the liability that would come with the new arrangement.

The board voted July 26 to replace ambulances with emergency medical technicians on the sidelines in order to save money. The EMTs would tend to any injury and call an ambulance if necessary.

The move would have saved the school system at least $24,000 by paying two EMTs $18 an hour per game instead of paying to have an ambulance on hand.

After school officials discussed the possible ambulance response time for injured athletes and the liability to EMTs, who would be working on special assignment, staffers will recommend that the vote be reconsidered, Superintendent Frank Roberson said.

The issue will be on Tuesday’s board meeting agenda for a new vote, Roberson said.

“We certainly don’t want to put any of our students at risk,” he said.

Controller Gene Spires said the school system has budgeted $40,000 a year for ambulance service at football games.

Last year, the district used Gold Cross and Capital City EMS to cover all the games. Spires said the district will return to the previous arrangement if approved by the board Tuesday.

“We thought we could make that change and save money while still protecting our students, but it is a liability thing,” Spires said.

Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey said earlier this week that using EMTs did not pose a danger because there is an ambulance station within five minutes of every football field.

In the past, the on-site ambulance still had to wait to take a patient to a hospital until a second ambulance arrived to cover the rest of the game.

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Martinez
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Martinez 08/08/12 - 07:06 pm
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Really?

So to save money we want to cut out ambulances at football games? How much more can be cut from students and from teachers (furloughs) for that matter before the admin has to make some sacrifices? If they ever legislated that school systems must spend 80% of their funding in the actual classrooms (similar to healthcare carrier rules spending 80% on medical care), students and teachers could stop being responsible for supplying things like paper towels and hand soap, basic necessities and big wigs in cushioned offices would have to finally earn and/or justify their paychecks.

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HighSociety 08/08/12 - 07:06 pm
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With sports related brain

With sports related brain injuries on the rise I completely agree with having them on-site. This is one thing you hope is never needed, but worth the money to have just in case. Five minutes is alot of time in some incidents.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/08/12 - 07:14 pm
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Martinez, I hear your

Martinez, I hear your argument, but on this, I'm leaning toward NOT having the ambulance there at the games. The reason is that the EMTs would have all the equipment that they'd need on hand without the ambulance there. If a situation arose, they would immediately attend to the "victim"....and don't forget, I think all the schools have a volunteer MD on hand, don't they?...EMTs would assess the problem and could radio the call in to the ambulance. By the time they were finished with their assessment, and stabilized the person, the ambulance would already be there. This sounds like a knee-jerk reaction to a comment someone must have brought up concerning what the lawyers would say about not having an ambulance on hand! But, what do I know? We don't have all the info in front of us, do we?

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Willow Bailey 08/08/12 - 08:25 pm
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oops, I see they do.

oops, I see they do.

showboat
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showboat 08/08/12 - 09:19 pm
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Mr. Spivey just got the job
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Mr. Spivey just got the job and open his mouth before he could understand, why we should have cover at these game. Please research things before you speak

KSL
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KSL 08/08/12 - 10:07 pm
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As a former football mom, I

As a former football mom, I would much rather have an EMT standing by than an ambulance, especially if the ambulance can't transport until the backup arrives. Now if an EMT has to rely solely on the equipment on board, that is a different matter.

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HighSociety 08/08/12 - 10:45 pm
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I'm pretty sure if the

I'm pretty sure if the situation is serious they don't wait that five minutes, if so that could be a lawsuit. I would assume the game would be stopped until the other ambulance arrived. An EMT can only provide limited treatment on-scene. Obviously if it's a serious injury a hospital and Doctor would be the answer, and that's where the ambulance comes in. In a situation like a brain injury where swelling could be a fatal problem that five minutes could be the deciding factor.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/09/12 - 03:52 am
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Those pesky helmets are

Those pesky helmets are rather pricey too. Why not get rid of them as well?

rebellious
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rebellious 08/09/12 - 07:15 am
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I wonder

How many players have been transported via ambulance in the past 5 years. I am a big believer in data and the story it can tell. Seems like that would have been part of this decision, and it may have been, but sure would tell the cost to benefit story.

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soapy_725 08/09/12 - 10:09 am
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RCBOE can only make decisions to spend money
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spend and compliment each other on spending.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/09/12 - 10:11 am
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they are just "bored" of education
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RCBOE qualifications: show up sometimes

HighSociety
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HighSociety 08/09/12 - 10:41 am
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Tech fan, good one!

Tech fan, good one!

lynn7044
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lynn7044 08/11/12 - 09:11 am
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What else is new

What else is new with the Board, here is another a prime example of the board not given parents or teachers a imput of things that effect our students. The RCBOE stated there was going to be a committee made up of parents and teachers so they would have there input. It seems they just keep right on telling more lies.
Well when you have board menbers who are there and really don't care about our kids, then you get what you pay for. These are our kids and we must take a stand on whats best.

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