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Ambulance district earns high marks

Students often dread report card distribution day at school, but this week, another group in St. Charles County was pleased to receive its progress report.

St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] earned high marks in all categories in its recent Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of EMS Ground Ambulance Licensure inspection. Inspectors thoroughly reviewed the district’s response times and advanced life support [ALS] coverage, and finding absolutely no deficiencies in the operation,  awarded SCCAD the highest possible rating.

The re-licensure process, which ambulance service providers must undergo every five years, includes inspection of lifesaving vehicles and equipment, as well as assessment of staffing levels and ALS protocols.

The district’s Training Center was evaluated separately, and received top marks for its continuing education programs, as well as for its public EMT and paramedic training programs.

“SCCAD has a number of quality improvement processes in place to ensure that we’re meeting the high standards set forth by the Bureau of EMS,” said Chief Taz Meyer. “Even so, it’s satisfying to receive confirmation from a third-party review that our organization is not only meeting but exceeding the needs of our growing community.”

SCCAD covers 592 square miles and serves a population of approximately 370,000. In 2015, district paramedics responded to more than 35,000 calls for service.

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