Tag Archives: Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Integral Care set to address most mental health emergency calls without involving APD

Last week, City Council approved an additional $1.3 million for the Integral Care-EMCOT program next fiscal year, increasing the budget for the Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team by about 75 percent. With those extra dollars, Integral Care, the mental health…

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public Safety budget discussion wrestles with demands to defund APD

Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo gave the Public Safety Committee a public safety budget overview at its meeting on Monday. Much of the discussion centered around the Austin Police Department budget. Community members and some City Council members have…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public safety departments run modified cadet classes during pandemic

At the Public Safety Commission’s Monday meeting, Austin Police Department, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services and Austin Fire Department representatives discussed how cadet classes that were delayed due to Covid-19 (and other issues) will move forward.ATCEMS Chief of Staff Jasper…

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin 911 operators effectively field calls, but audit finds gaps in dispatching overall

Operators field roughly a million calls for emergency services in Austin a year.A new city report says those operators do a serviceable job of answering that glut of calls, but found a disconnect between those calls and the delivery of…

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Low morale in Austin’s public safety departments requires attention

The Public Safety Commission heard a variety of concerns at its Oct. 1 meeting in regards to the chronic low morale that public safety officers are experiencing within their respective departments.“It is pretty unanimous the officers are really getting tired…

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City, EMS negotiators reach tentative deal

Labor negotiators for the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association and the city of Austin have reached a tentative agreement. Council is scheduled to discuss the proposal today in executive session.Union President Tony Marquardt said union members have been…

Friday, August 17, 2018 by Jack Craver

City budget boosts spending for homelessness services

The new city manager and City Council agree: The city needs more money to address the homelessness situation.The proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget submitted by City Manager Spencer Cronk includes $3.1 million in new spending on homelessness-related services. That’s on…

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by Sommer Brugal

Commission votes to expand Injury Prevention Program

In an effort to support the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service’s efforts to reduce preventable injuries, the Public Safety Commission passed a motion to fund and expand the county’s Injury Prevention Program at its May 7 meeting.Lisa Sepulveda, Austin-Travis County…

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

As talks end, EMS union, city at stalemate

Unlike the unions for police officers and firefighters, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association could not reach an agreement with city of Austin management on Monday. Employees will continue to work under civil service rules, but there is…

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Public safety agencies envision big staff increases

In presentations to the Public Safety Commission Monday, leaders of the Police Department, Fire Department and Emergency Management Services called for significantly boosting staff in the coming years, both to make up for existing shortages and to keep up with…

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Voters to decide on new emergency services district in Southeast Travis County

Residents in Southeast Travis County will soon get to vote on a plan to shore up the financial health of their first responders.Last Tuesday, the Commissioners Court unanimously approved a petition to create Emergency Services District No. 15, a new…

Friday, February 5, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council devises short-term fix for EMS staffing

The union representing Austin emergency medical service workers won a partial victory last week when City Council voted to approve three new positions for the EMS call center. Three entry-level employees will be added to the center, and the department…

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 by Jack Craver

Council delays decision on EMS staffing issues

City Council heard two competing narratives over a staffing shortage in the City of Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services communications and dispatch section of its discussion last week, as department management urged Council to approve an ordinance that would eliminate…

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: EMS staffing

Austin/Travis County EMS Chief of Staff Jasper Brown and EMS Employees Association head Anthony Marquardt join Austin Monitor reporter Tyler Whitson to discuss staffing issues faced by the agency. Program is embedded below.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Committee restarts discussion of fire and EMS merger

Members of the Public Safety Committee heard testimony Monday on the idea of merging the Austin Fire Department with Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services, but city staff and organization heads reiterated time and again that anything official is a long way…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Gene Davis

Suicides highlight rift between EMS staff, managers

A second suicide by an Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services first responder within the past seven months has heightened visible tensions between the department’s leadership and its employees.And while multiple EMS first responders took to Facebook earlier this month to…

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