You may have heard that LMRFD is going to put on the ballot the annexation of ALL Meadview and Lake Mead City properties into the fire district.
I expected the board to do this IMMEDIATELY after they were elected last year. They did NOTHING. Several times I brought the issue up at the monthly board meetings and finally they decided to move ahead.
However, even with ALL of Meadview in the district we will NOT have 2 staff at all times in Meadview.
Additionally, the fire board has been a GIANT disappointment.
They refused my offer to VOLUNTEER to secure and update their website and to set up a subscription button for a mailing list so that residents could get an email with the reminders for board meetings and election and LMRFD news, etc.
Steve Berg finally resigned, but Charlotte Kieffer is at least as reckless as Berg, former Meadview fire chief when our wonderful Grapevine Mesa Fire District went BANKRUPT and they made the awful choice to consolidate with Dolan, leaving us in this dire situation with no emergency medical services.
LMRFD EMTs are to request credit card information prior to patient transports.
LMRFD board member Charlotte Kieffer (Dolan Springs) decided that we need to increase revenue by taking CREDIT CARD information prior to ambulance transports. Bobby Porzio (Meadiew) vehemently spoke up AGAINST this CRAZY idea and I totally agree with him.
Chief DeMaio stated that he researched ambulances services taking credit card info and he only found one: in South Africa. Other board members had looked into it, found nothing.
Not only is it unethical to ask for payment from people with EMERGENCY medical conditions and the EMTs will likely be uncomfortable asking for a credit card (I would QUIT!), but the first ID theft lawsuit will probably bankrupt LMRFD. Or maybe patients will sue for the STRESS caused when they were asked about payment. Many Meadview people are not wealthy and the thought of having to PAY for the ambulance ride will stress them and could even add to their medical problems.
Maybe a patient will die due to the delays caused by the request for credit card info.
Charlotte Kieffer insisted on going ahead with this stupid idea and they’re actually paying a lawyer for research!
I can’t remember when the board voted on this, but NONE of the board members opposed this giant waste of money on Monday. I’m SO disappointed!
The decline in ambulance revenue.
It’s been mentioned several times at board meetings that the ambulance calls are DOWN.
Any reasonable person would immediately analyze the calls to try to determine what’s happening. MANY Meadview medical emergencies DRIVE THEMSELVES (or are driven by family/friends/neighbors) to the hospital.
Any reasonable person would conclude that action must be taken to instill more confidence in LMRFD.
But our fire board couldn’t care less, refuses to invite the public to meetings and outright refuses to provide relevant info at lmrfd.org. Instead, the board now focuses on collecting the VERY LOW 17% or so of unpaid ambulance bills (likely due to Obamacare).
However, the delinquent bills will NOT be collected through credit card info obtained prior to transport because they can only charge the credit cards AFTER billing AND AFTER receiving authorization to charge the card! So IF someone wants the bill to be charged to their credit card, they could provide the info when they are billed and there is absolutely no need to ask for that info prior to transport.
All this proves that LMRFD is NOT the solution for Meadview.
Meadview needs to look into forming an “emergency medical” district instead of annexing all of Meadview to LMRFD. I don’t even know if that’s possible, but we really don’t need fire services — every time there’s a big accident I see Kingman, Golden Valley, etc. up here.
Meadview needs to decide what’s important:
A big fire truck?
Or EMTs who will actually provide emergency medical services, live in Meadview, know the roads and know the people.
I’ll be posting a lot more info on LMRFD and the election. I recently had NO internet / phone for 3 weeks over a 4 week period with 3 Frontier tickets, each with a 5 to 7 day wait for repairs that failed within hours or days. This is 21st century America. Are the right wing nuts right about Agenda 21?
If the people of Meadview do not step up and take back their town, its decline will continue until only druggies and thieves will want to live here.
It’s YOUR choice!
My email to LMRFD chief Tony Demaio:
I left a check for $25 with Victoria as a down payment for the following records:
1) Incident reports for all MEADVIEW calls, both fire and medical, since 7/1/16.
IMPORTANT: I need READABLE documents, so obviously please don’t print scanned records out so that I have to scan them again. I much prefer emailed docs anyway.
2) The invoices for legal services you’re sending to the board members.
3) I’d also like a summary with all calls, separating Meadview and Dolan Springs and fire and medical, with subtotals by month.
This isn’t an effort to annoy you and waste your time, but people in Meadview are DYING because we don’t have emergency medical services.
I’m perplexed by the board’s indifference to the decline in ambulance revenue and I’ll be asking the public to assist with analyzing the data and figuring out how to save lives in Meadview.
We need to come up with SOLUTIONS and LMRFD obviously isn’t even trying. Once again, bringing emergency medical services to Meadview was not mentioned at Monday’s meeting.
The never ending STUPID ideas such as taking credit card info from ill or injured patients prior to transporting them will create nothing but hostility. And the first ID theft lawsuit is likely going to bankrupt the district — the only district outside South Africa to take credit card info.
After well over a year with the new board, there is NO plan whatsoever to provide timely medical service to Meadview residents and we may just have to hire retiring EMTs and purchase some basic equipment — we have plenty of vacant nice houses up here.
Regarding annexation of all of Meadview.
Ellen didn’t give me the docs she provided to you. Is there an FAQ with answers to questions such as:
Do district members get priority medical or fire services?
What exactly are Meadview residents to do when someone is suffering a heart attack or stroke?
Call 911 and then wait 45 minutes or two hours?
We have one resident who got to the hospital quickly (wife drove him) and he’s recovering from a stroke quite well, unlike the man who died when it took hours to get him to the hospital. Every minute counts after a stroke!
What if someone saws off a few fingers?
Should they call 911 and then wait 45 minutes or two hours?
One of our residents preserved a sawed off finger on ice, it took 45 minutes for the ambulance to arrive on Patterson Grade MP 26 and they threw the ice water on the finger away. The surgeon could NOT reattach the finger.
Can residents request a helicopter to be flown to Vegas? That’s especially important with the constant awful KRMC ratings, infections and many people not wanting to go to KRMC.
Can residents meet an ambulance along the way to Kingman? How are communications between patients and EMTs handled?
I’ve heard horror stories of 911 refusing to connect patients with EMTs.
As I’m NOT a frequent flier, I have no idea how this works. And that’s astounding, considering the EXTRAORDINARY efforts I made to attend the monthly board meetings. LMRFD has done absolutely NOTHING to increase our survival rate.
And of course I have been unable to find any useful info at all at LMRFD.org, there’s still no way for residents to find info on board meetings, services and procedures.
I now have a local 17-year old’s cell # on my fridge and in a serious medical emergency that’ll be my first call. I know he might be in school or at work or just doing whatever 17-year olds do, but he’s our best chance of surviving until the “real” emergency people eventually show up — if they ever find my house and don’t get stuck along the way on impassable roads, as they are NOT local and don’t know which roads are impassable.
We need LOCAL EMTs to increase our chances of survival or having a finger preserved so it can be reattached — someone to tell people what to do until the ambulance or helicopter get here.
I remember the days when Meadview VOLUNTEERS actually answered the 911 calls. We’ve had many good people up here and Meadview could pay retiring EMTs to LIVE here. Meadview cannot afford to pay for LMRFD and its EMTs at $80k/ea and 7 are required for full staffing of the Meadview station.
Having one guy SOMETIMES at the fire station is a huge waste of money. The Meadview station could be used to store medical supplies, etc. We don’t need a fire truck up here, especially with only one guy being up here, sometimes.
We’ll analyze the call volume as well as the types of calls so that Meadview property owners can make an INFORMED vote on the annexation of the properties NOT in the district now.
This bizarre situation might actually benefit Meadview, as the property owners not in the LMRFD district now could form their own district just for medical emergencies in Meadview.
Additional info is posted at https://highdesertdirt.com/blog/2017/09/20/open-letter-to-lmrfd-and-voting-on-the-annexation-of-all-of-meadview/ and I’ll appreciate distribution of this email to all board members.
Much appreciate your help!