Manatee County Government Administrative Center Manatee Room, Fourth Floor 9:00 a.m. - February 16, 2016
February 16, 2016 - Work Session
Agenda Item #4

Marine Paramedic Rescue Program


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Robert Smith, Public Safety Director - extension 3511
Stephen Krivjanik, EMS Chief - extension 3563
Joe Westerman, Marine Rescue Chief - extension 8355

Action Requested

Work session.  No action required.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Background Discussion

The Marine Paramedic Rescue program was created as a response to the increasing island need for Marine Rescue personnel and the need to provide an enhanced Paramedic presence on the island. The blending of the two professions was approved as a pilot program in 2015 and was officially rolled out September 5, 2015. The intent was to evaluate the program impact in January 2016 for the cost effective provision of emergency services for the visitors and residents of the island while enjoying their daily activities.

This program provides a unique opportunity to provide a non-transport Paramedic quick response unit that remains on the island during operational period. 

Some of the additional benefits this unit provides are as follows:

  • Rapid Paramedic response on the island
  • Closest Paramedic unit response
  • Coverage when Medic 4 is off the island
  • Enhanced level of service for Marine Rescue beach lifeguard services
  • Reduces the need for additional medic unit coverage
  • Both EMS Medical and Marine Rescue services
  • Ensures Paramedic service to the island
  • Eliminates the need to respond over the bridge

To date the Marine Paramedic Rescue Unit:

  • Has responded to 206 calls
  • Has treated 84 patients
  • Almost half or 47 patients have been serious enough to be transported to a hospital
  • Directly treated 2 trauma alerts
  • Treated 1 cardiac arrest
  • Treated 42 patients who required no further medical care
  • Provided 136 island stand-by coverages while Medic 4 was off the island
  • Assisted with 300 citizen requests

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
To be determined.

Attachment:  Slide Presentation - Marine Paramedic Rescue Pilot Project.pdf
Attachment:  Follow Up Memo - Marine Paramedic Rescue Program.pdf