Officials will hold Chiefland to strict standards on ALS

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Officials are still attempting to hammer out the details that would allow Chiefland Fire Rescue to be certified in non-transport advanced life support (ALS), but there's still concern over cost and whether or not strict standards can be met.
Area medical directors and representatives from the City of Chiefland and Levy County gathered Wednesday at the Levy County Department of Public Safety for about an hour and a half in an attempt to get further in the process. The meeting was the second to happen since a public workshop in Chiefland was held on the matter a few months ago.
"I don't care what it is," Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris said about acquiring ALS certification. "I just want our paramedics to operate to their capacity."
Harris, along with other Chiefland officials and members of the public, have been arguing with the county for months that there's a need for ALS in Chiefland and that the certification, which would allow Chiefland paramedics to administer certain medications and perform various procedures , would save lives while patients are waiting on ambulances.

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