REMSA agrees to station ambulance on Mount Rose
INCLINE VILLAGE – The dispute over the Mount Rose corridor between the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and the Washoe County District Health Department is drawing to a close after REMSA agreed to station an ambulance on Mount Rose.
Legal counsel for the two sides met this month to discuss a Jan. 9 letter from Washoe County Deputy District Attorney Leslie Admirand to the NLTFPD.
The letter asked the NLTFPD to stop transporting patients from the Mount Rose Ski Area by ambulance because the Health Department contended it lies within its charter.
Chief Mike Brown of the NLTFPD said the ski area lies within the NLTFPD’s charter and argued ambulances from the fire district could reach patients more quickly than those from the health department’s privately contracted Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority.
Admirand and Geno Menchetti, legal counsel for the NLTFPD, met to work out the differences between the two bodies over Mount Rose.
“We agreed that both of us provide quality services and the whole idea is to provide quality patient care to Mount Rose. I think we worked out what the issues were and came to a general agreement on moving ahead,” Menchetti said.
That agreement, which Menchetti said was agreed to in principal, is that REMSA will station an ambulance on Mount Rose.
Stephanie Kruse, a spokeswoman for REMSA, said the ambulance company is stationing an ambulance at Mount Rose as long as the ski area is open.
Judy Davis, public information officer for the health department, confirmed in an e-mail to the Bonanza that REMSA would station an ambulance at Mount Rose.
She didn’t know if it would be at the Mount Rose Ski Area or at the Sky Tavern Lodge.
Menchetti said the two sides have agreed to finalize plans for the Mount Rose Area in a March 18 meeting between counsels.
“Both of the sides agree on 99.9 percent of the issues here,” Menchetti said. “They both want to provide great patient care and just differed on how to do that. It is very, very doubtful that this will need to be settled with litigation.”
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