November 1, 2011 > Transition at 12:01 a.m.
Transition at 12:01 a.m.
By Aisha Knowles
At one minute after midnight on November 1, 2011, Paramedics Plus will become the new private 9-1-1 ambulance provider for Alameda County. Paramedics Plus, dispatched by the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC), operated by the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD), will provide ambulance service for all 9-1-1 patients within the County with the exception of those cities that provide ambulance service through their fire departments (Alameda, Albany, Berkeley and Piedmont).
While Alameda County will be its first operation in California, Paramedics Plus currently provides emergency services in counties in Florida, Oklahoma and Indiana. It is anticipated that Paramedics Plus will respond to 120,000 ambulance calls a year, resulting in 90,000 transports to local hospitals. Over 340 emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and more than 20 mechanics and support staff transitioned to Paramedics Plus from AMR, the predecessor provider in Alameda County.