Tag Archives: Austin/Travis County EMS

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Public Safety Commission questions path forward for EMS providers being assaulted

After reports from EMS personnel raised questions about the frequency of field officer assault by patients, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services conducted an internal survey. The results showed that the majority of Austin EMS personnel say they’ve been assaulted on the…

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Andrew Weber

A majority of Austin EMS personnel say assaults on the job are common and ‘unavoidable’

A majority of Austin EMS personnel say they’ve been assaulted on the job in the last two years, according to an internal survey. Most first responders also say they don’t feel properly trained to address aggressive behavior.Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical…

Monday, February 4, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: ATCEMS Employee Association

Selena Xie, the newly elected president of the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association, sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Jack Craver in this week’s edition of Austin Monitor Radio. Listen in below to hear the latest on retirement…

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by Jo Clifton

EMS leader seeks changes in retirement system

Selena Xie, the newly elected president of the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association, has a mission. She wants to change the retirement system for EMS workers so it is more in line with the systems for other public…

Friday, March 23, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs short-term EMS contract

City Council approved without comment a six-month contract with the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association on Thursday that essentially duplicates their previous contract. Members of the union approved the contract in voting that ended Wednesday night.Between now and…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

What happens when top public safety officials are accused of harassment?

Members of the Public Safety Commission expressed concern and befuddlement over policies that the Police, Fire and EMS departments rely on to hold their top officials accountable for harassment.“It doesn’t make sense to me that the policies are so different…

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council rejects first aid services contract

During Tuesday’s work session, City Council members expressed enough objections to a contract to hire an outside firm to provide medical services at the Austin Convention Center that city staff agreed to remove the item from today’s agenda.Council members Delia…

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Nadia Hamdan

With labor dispute focused on police, Austin’s EMS union feels overlooked

Austin police officers aren’t the only public safety personnel without an employment contract with the city. For the first time in nearly 10 years, emergency medical service employees are without a contract, too.Tony Marquardt, president of the Austin-Travis County EMS…

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City, EMS labor negotiations likely to continue

Even though its negotiating team declared an impasse with the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association last week, City Council appears prepared to direct staff to resume negotiations, but not immediately.Council members Ann Kitchen, Delia Garza, Leslie Pool and…

Friday, April 7, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Downtown drug crisis pushes Adler, Council to pledge increased support

Austin’s police and public health departments will have extra budget and other resources available soon to help them focus on ending an increase in the use of the synthetic drug K2 downtown.At a press conference Thursday, Mayor Steve Adler was…

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County orders election for new emergency services district

The Travis County Commissioners Court has called for an election this November that could create a new emergency services district in the county’s rural Northwestern corner.The proposed Emergency Services District No. 7 would largely share the same boundaries as ESD…

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City may shorten ambulance provider workweeks

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services ambulance providers are under a lot of strain as they try to keep up with population growth and an increasing number of special events, but a new proposal could reduce some of that pressure.On Aug.…

Monday, June 15, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Houston comes out against sole-source contracts

At the June 4 City Council meeting, Council Member Ora Houston voted against an Austin Water Utility contract with Austin White Lime that would allow the company to provide about 21.5 tons of lime per year to soften the city’s…

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Momentum slows on Austin/Travis County EMS bill

A bill that supporters say would bring more transparency to the way Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services workers are decredentialed has slowed after some unanticipated momentum.Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services Association President Tony Marquardt has been trying to reform the…

Monday, February 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Decredentialing process gets public safety spotlight

Last week, the Public Safety Commission examined the continued tension between the city’s medical director and the Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services Association over decredentialing.Medical Director for Austin/Travis County EMS Dr. Paul Hinchey spoke to commissioners about the de-accreditation process,…

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Clerical error causes city to overpay EMS employee by $200,000

The City of Austin has overpaid a former Austin/Travis County paramedic by perhaps as much as $200,000 over an eight-year period that began in 2004. Though the problem was first discovered in 2011, it took until 2013 for the city…

Monday, October 28, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Fleet Services says it needs more staff, bays to service vehicles

The head of the city’s Fleet Services Department told members on the Council Audit and Finance Committee last week that his department has numerous unmet needs, noting that department is short 60-80 repair bays for the city’s vehicles, including nearly…

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Audit: EMS personnel report high fatigue rate

An audit performed by the City Auditor’s Office suggests that Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service rank-and-file employees are overly fatigued. The document also hints that a policy of allowing patients to decide which hospital they are delivered to adds to…

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