San Mateo County ALS JPA Study

San Mateo County ALS JPA Study

The San Mateo County ALS JPA conducted a study to determine whether the JPA should expand its role to provide ambulance transport services. The JPA selected The Abaris Group, a consulting firm that specializes in studying EMS systems to conduct the study.

The main objective of the study was to provide a detailed assessment of the current delivery system and to study alternatives to that system. Specifically the JPA wanted to determine the feasibility of providing ambulance transport in addition to its first response services or, at least, be the prime contractor with the County and sub-contract out for ambulance services if it decides not to provide the transportation services itself. The parameters that must be ensured with the new system are no reduction in the level and quality of first responder services, no degradation of fire response, and no additional costs to member agencies or recipients.

The study was completed in three phases. Phase I entailed a comprehensive assessment that included detailed analysis of data, information and interviews. It concluded with the identification of possible models that the JPA can consider implementing. The JPA then determined which model met their collective needs. Based on that determination, Phase II involved further developing the model and creating an implementation plan. Phase III comprised of preparing the model for a request for proposal process. For a detailed look at the study process, please see the Work Plan link under Related Files.

The JPA 17 member agencies are:

  • Brisbane
  • Burlingame
  • Colma FPD
  • Daly City
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay FPD
  • Hillsborough
  • Menlo Park FPD
  • Millbrae
  • Pacifica
  • Point Montara FPD
  • Redwood City
  • San Bruno
  • San Mateo
  • South County Fire
  • South San Francisco
  • Woodside FPD

 For questions or comments, please contact Mike Williams at The Abaris Group, (925)933-0911.

Related Files

San Mateo ALS JPA System Study Work Plan Updated 3-02-05

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