The Florida Legislature
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Pinellas County Should Track Fire and EMS
Costs to Set Benchmarks, Control Costs, and Evaluate Alternative Service Delivery Models, Report No. 10-25, February 2010
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- Pinellas County residents receive fire protection and emergency medical services through a complex system requiring coordination among 18 local governments. While this system provides a uniform emergency response system, it lacks effective mechanisms to plan service levels and track system-wide costs, which makes it difficult to identify more cost-effective service delivery models.
- The county would benefit from establishing a broad-based planning entity to oversee a more coordinated approach to planning for fire protection and emergency medical services. Such an entity could track costs and help plan for more efficient and cost-effective services by taking into account what resources exist beyond a single municipality’s border and by adopting a countywide view of service delivery. To achieve these goals, we recommend that the Legislature modify Chs. 73-600 and 80-585, Laws of Florida, to establish a comprehensive countywide planning system for fire and emergency medical services and a mechanism for reporting and tracking related financial information.
Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?
Housing and Community Development
Department of Economic Opportunity
What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?
- Report No. 01-67 Fire Department Coordination Beneficial; Merger Guidelines Would Be Helpful,published in December 2001.
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