County Seeks Community Input to Improve Ambulance Services in Backcountry

UPDATE: The County Emergency Medical Services has added two more community forums next week. (See table below)

The County of San Diego is studying how to improve access to and quality of emergency medical services provided in San Diego County’s backcountry, which includes rural and desert communities.

An important part of this process is getting feedback from residents who live in these areas and other stakeholders at a series of community forums..

“We have seen large population growth in the county over the past 30 years, and changes in where people live and work. We’ve also seen changes to technology, including that which is used for dispatching ambulances,” said Andy Parr, EMS Administrator for the County of San Diego. “This study will look at how to ensure the closest, most appropriate resource can be sent to the scene of a medical emergency in the backcountry—the right service, to the right person, at the right time.”

The forums are being organized by the County Health and Human Services Agency’s office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and will take place on the following dates and locations:

Date: Time: Location:
Aug. 21, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Alpine County Library
1752 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 91901
Aug. 22, 2017 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Julian Branch Library
1850 CA-78
Julian, CA 92036
Aug. 23, 2017 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Valley Center Library
29200 Cole Grade Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082
Aug. 24, 2017 12 to 2 p.m. Deer Springs FPD Station 1
8709 Circle R Drive
Escondido, CA 92026
Aug. 25, 2017 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Campo Village Library
31356 CA-94
Campo, CA 91906
Aug. 25, 2017 2 to 3:30 p.m. Crest Branch Library
105 Juanita Ln.
El Cajon, CA 92021
Sept. 12, 2017 5:30 to 7 p.m. County Operations Center
5520 Overland Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123
Sept. 14, 2017 9 to 10:30 a.m. Emergency Medical Services
6255 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, CA 92120

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled community forums but still would like to hear more information or submit feedback, contact or (858) 505-6382.

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact