by Nick Delgado
Guam - A recent amendment to local law related to emergency medical services was a major part of the discussion during today's EMS Commission meeting. Governor Eddie Calvo signed the bill introduced by Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. last month that allows for private ambulances to conduct emergency runs.
GFD Acting Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas says the next step is for the Commission to put the policies and MOUs in place before the private units can respond to emergencies. "That's a very good thing for the community of Guam, for EMS in general it just allows the GFD another avenue to request for assistance such as when we have a shortage or we are unable to meet the demands for emergency runs," he said.
There are currently seven ambulances operating today. We should note since the lease for the four units last month began, the fire department has only requested mutual aide from the military about five times.
Meantime, GFD and GSA continue to review the bid packets for the purchase of new ambulances using DOI funds.