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Ambulance response time update.

Sources in the Raytown School District stated that the call for ambulance services went out at 7:12 and that video footage show the arrival of the ambulance at 7:27.  By doing the math, and deducting the 7 minutes response time, we have 8 minutes for dispatch to take the call and relay it to a Raytown EMS unit.

More on this if and when I learn more facts.


Raytown beats Raytown South 35-14

Raytown broke a long loosing streak against rival Raytown South with a decisive 35 to 14 win on Friday.

RaytownOnline.com received multiple calls about the game, but not about the score. The calls were about the amount of time it took an ambulance to take an injured Raytown High player away for medical attention.

One call claimed it took 45 minutes for the ambulance to arrive, but research indicates that was not the case, closer to 20 minutes was the actual amount of time that passed.  The injury took place 3 minutes into the game.  The game started at 7:00 pm.  Given this, the probable time of the injury was between 7:04 and 7:08, depending on how much time passed with the game clock not running.

Photos received from people attending the game show the ambulance at 7:28 pm.  (see below)

Sources at Raytown City Hall report that the EMS log indicates a 7 minute response time.  What is not known is how long it took the coaching staff to decide to call an ambulance. Requests to the School District for this information have yet to be responded to.

Normally 911 calls would be routed to the Raytown Police Dept. dispatch and they relay this to the EMS unit.  Normally this would also be relayed to the Raytown Fire District and they also would respond. Sources in the Raytown Fire District have no record of a call coming in on this incident.

These are the facts to the best of my knowledge.

Raytown EMS Car Seat Program this Friday

On May 23rd, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m, at the Raytown EMS building, located at 10020 E. 66th Terr., Raytown EMS staff will be hosting a drive-up/drive-thru car seat event in celebration of EMS Week. Nationally certified Child Passenger Seat Technicians will be conducting inspections and installations of child safety seats. No appointment is necessary during this event, but it is recommended that caregivers know the weight and height of the children if they are not present. It is also recommended to bring the vehicle manual and child safety seat manual. Questions can also be answered regarding the proper seat for a child’s size and when they are able to use a booster seat or seatbelt only. Please join us to keep our children and community safe!

Raytown EMS Blood Drive Starts Tommorrow

Raytown EMS employees will be hosting a blood drive. Please help save lives in our community by giving blood at the Community Blood Center blood drive on Thursday, May 22nd, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The drive will be held at Raytown EMS, 10020 E. 66th Terrace, Raytown, in the training room.

To make an appointment online go to www.savealifenow.org and use Sponsor Code raytownems. You may also contact Kim at (816)-737-6030. Register to donate and receive a buy one get one free single day admission from Schlitterbahn!

Thank you and we hope to see you May 22nd.

Raytown EMS to hold First Aid classes

Raytown EMS 200

Raytown EMS will be holding a Heartsaver CPR/AED & First Aid Class on March 23rd, 2014 from 1pm-6pm at the Raytown Emergency Medical Services building located at 10020 E. 66th Terr. Raytown, MO. 64133.

American Heart Association Certified Instructors will teach First Aid, Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR/AED, Infant CPR, & how to treat a choking Adult/Child/Infant. Includes book & course completion card. Call for current price per person.

Please, email emsedu@raytown.mo.us or call (816)737-6030 if you would like to attend, or have questions. 

The Raytown EMT Class of 2013 scores 100%

EMS Class 3

EMT Class of 2013

On January 25, the students in the Class of 2013 Emergency Medical Technicians, took part one of their national registry exam and 100% of them passed on the first try. The next step for the students will be to take the second part of the test. Tests rates for passing both steps nationally is only 64%, statistics aren’t available for just the first part.

This feat is a testament to the success of the Raytown program. The program is under the direction of two Raytown Paramedics, Megan Thurston and Brandi James, The accreditation for the program is based on many items but it does include how many students pass the test on their first try.

The students passing the test are Christiana Auer, Lauren Hankley, August Hatton, Dwayne Love, Jackson Montgomery, Angela Moore, Dusti Nadler, Michael Narcisse, Gavin Ross, Colby VanBebber, Hannah Warren and Nicholas White.  Angela Moore was awarded a certificate of academic achievement for receiving the highest grade in the class.

Part 1 of the National Registry exam consists of testing the students’ practical skills and patient assessments.  There are two stations.  In one station they are given random skills that they must perform correctly.  For example, they may be asked to splint an injured limb, spinally immobilize a patient with neck and back injuries, or even resuscitate a patient in cardiac arrest. They are given two to three skills and it is pass/fail.  

The second station is patient assessment.  They are given either a medical or trauma patient (They don’t know which until they walk in the room) and asked to assess them.  The patient will have various traumatic or medical symptoms and complaints and the student must do a thorough history, proper examination, and treat appropriately in order to pass.  This station is also pass/fail.

After a student passes both stations, they are then free to schedule their cognitive exam which is done at a computer lab in various places around the city.  They must score a 70% or above to pass.  

Once they pass their cognitive exam they are officially certified by the National Registry of EMT’s and can go on to get their state license which consists of applications and fees and are free to start looking for work.

The training in our class consists of lectures with written exams following each chapter. It starts out very lecture heavy, works its way into a blend of lecture and hands-on practice, then the last month or more is all hands-on training.  Working with the equipment, applying it to each other, practicing assessments with different scenarios helps prepare them.

In Raytown’s class, we require our students to maintain test scores above 80%.  The state only requires students to do 12 hours of internship on the ambulance, Raytown requires them to do 72 hours, many do more.

Raytown has hired many of our own students over the years.  Currently, 12 of our 27 employees got their EMT training right here in Raytown and several have gone on to paramedics school.  Employees who received their training through the Raytown program include Sarah Brooks, Bryan Ferguson, Sarah Kreigh, Aaron Sharp, John Thurston, and Rachel Tinnin are the full time employees including Jeremy Bledsoe, Tiffany Chugg, Jade Chun, Brad Goodspeed, Sarah Hood, and Andrea McGimpsey are the part time employees.  Several Raytown Police Department employees have been through our program as well.

The program became accredited and started its first class in 2005.  The class that is starting on February 18 will be the eighteenth class.  The class is full but another class will begin in August.


EMS Class 1

Angela Moore ( certificate of academic achievement for receiving the highest grade in the class) with trainers Megan Thurston and Brandi James

Raytown EMS Blood Drive

An individual within the area that CommunityBloodCenter serves needs a blood transfusion every 4 minutes. That individual could be your friend, neighbor, or family member. Please help save lives in our community by giving blood at the CommunityBloodCenter blood drive on Monday, December 16th, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The drive will be held at Raytown EMS, 10020 E. 66th Terrace, Raytown, in the training room.

To make an appointment online go to www.esavealifenow.org and use Sponsor Code raytownems. You may also contact Kim at 816-737-6030.

Thank you and we hope to see you December 16th. 



The City and the Fire District on the EMS takeover proposal.

Recently the Raytown Fire Protection District submitted a proposal to take over the City of Raytown’s EMS service (ambulance). The City declined the proposal.  Below is the letter Mayor Bower sent to the Fire District and the responding letter from the present Fire Marshal Mace. 

I have also added the Mayor’s response to Fire Marshal Mace’s response. The timing was close enough that it makes sense to add it to this article.

 I have reviewed the proposal, which was well presented and offered by the Fire District, to merge the City’s EMS with the Fire District. And, it is my opinion, like that of the Board of Alderman’s Committee members, the potential advantage to the City (the Citizens) this proposal offers, along with the consequent discussions and correspondence, is not great enough to put into effect the merger.  

On behalf of the BOA, I appreciate the proposal being made and the hard work that went into the preparation of such. Like the Fire District, this Administration, and the City’s EMS, is committed to provide the Citizens of Raytown the best service possible and will continue to do such.  

In the event the Fire District wishes to offer another proposal, at some point in the future, I assure you the proposal will be given the attention warranted.  

Thank you.

Mayor David Bower


Mr. Mayor,

On behalf of the Raytown Fire Protection District I thank you for the time and effort the City has put forth.  While we are confident that the $300,000 of annual projected savings to the citizens of Raytown more than justified further exploration of this merger, we respect and stand by both you and Alderman Melson’s decision.  We are aware that Raytown EMS has been able to find savings during the 2014 budget process and I applaud their efforts for doing so.  The fact of the matter is sir, unless you can operate your department with six fewer employees, the fire district’s proposal will always be $300,000.00  cheaper.  It is a simple mathematical equation; each employee has an average total cost of employment of $50,000 and $50,000 X 6 employees = $300,000. If you combine this number with the recent reductions Director Jonesi has implemented we believe the actual reduction to the taxpayers of Raytown to be close to half a million dollars a year. For the Fire District this proposal was a zero sum gain to our budget, meaning we only planned to bill the city for our actual audited costs. So this would have been truly a net gain for our community.

Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying ” Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  While the Raytown Fire Protection District’s door will always remain open to further discussion, we do not see a value in pursuing a new Raytown Fire proposal. It is apparent the submitted proposal was lacking items the City of Raytown was obviously expecting, if the City wishes to explore this at a future date we believe the City of Raytown should develop the proposal to include the items we were lacking and submit it to the Fire District for review.

Matt Mace
Fire Marshal
Raytown Fire Protection District


It is not my desire to continue to debate the merits of the proposed merger through the media, as has been occurring, nor do I wish to make this decision a ‘political’ event.  We had a respectable conversation, you and I and Mike Hunley, and I explained to you that I would review the financial side of things myself and respond to you when I had completed such.  This review has been completed, and I agree with the ‘Committee’ on their decision. 

You quoted Albert Einstein as saying ” Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  This Administration has diligently worked to ‘streamline’ the city government, to make decisions based upon good business reasoning, and not what is perhaps politically desired and many changes have occurred for the betterment of the citizens.  We have reduced the City’s Budget, without a reduction of staff in any of our departments to make the budget work, and we have improved the services provided our citizens by making good sound logical decisions.  Further, the ‘business practice’ the EMS has undertaken, under the watchful eye of the City Administer, and the Board of Alderman, has in fact changed and for the betterment of the citizens of Raytown.  We have the same practice in mind as does the Fire District, provide the citizens of Raytown with the service they deserve, as efficiently as possible, and do so by making sound business decisions.

Finally, I again express my appreciation for the proposal.  It was well prepared and presented, but after talking with the Committee Chairman, the Committee members, the Senior Staff, and through my own analysis, it did not make good business sense for the City. 

Thank you.

Mayor David W. Bower

Raytown Fire District response to the letter of declination.



Contact Matt Mace
Telephone 816-737-6034
Email mattm@raytownfire.com
Website Raytownfire.blogspot.com

October 16, 2013



During the meeting of the Raytown city council on October 15th, 2013, Alderman Charlotte Melson spoke
on behalf of the City’s EMS merger discussion committee. She stated that the EMS/Fire merger discussion
committee has decided that the merger is not advantageous to the city at this time and they will not be
moving forward.

The Fire District continues to believe that fire based EMS in our community would provide better value to
our citizens and improve service delivery. The Fire District presented a detailed proposal in May of 2013 to
substantiate this assertion. This proposal was developed with the cooperation of the City of Raytown, who
provided audited financial information. That information was utilized to develop the consolidation
proposal. In July of 2013, the city’s Fire/EMS merger discussion committee held their only public meeting
to discuss the proposal. At that meeting, officials from the Fire District were discouraged from participating
in the discussion regarding the proposal. In fact, city officials have avoided any discussion with the Fire
District regarding the details of the proposal.

Fire Board President Robert Palmer issued the following statement:

The Fire District was shocked and disappointed by Alderman Melson’s announcement at the council
meeting on Tuesday. We were given no notice that the statement was forthcoming and were provided
with a brief letter from Alderman Melson immediately after the meeting. The letter, which follows this
release, contains no explanation for the decision. The Fire Board is unsure of Alderman Melson’s motive,
be we are hopeful that Mayor Bower and the other aldermen will intervene and bring this issue in front of
the full board for a vote. Our citizens deserve the opportunity to have an issue of this importance discussed
in a public venue. We remain interested in cooperating with the city to improve the value and efficiency of
emergency service delivery in our community. Our door is, and will remain open when the city is ready to
have a substantive discussion regarding this issue.

For reference, the letter to the Fire District from Alderman Melson and the proposal from the Fire District
which was presented to the City of Raytown in May of 2013 are attached after this statement.

City declines merger of EMS and Fire District


PHONE: 816-737-6000
FAX: 816-737-6097



October 15, 2013

Barb Schlapia
Bob Palmer
Willard Ross
Raytown Fire Protection District
6020 Raytown Trafficway
Raytown MO  64133

Dear Barb,

On behalf of the EMS/FIRE Merger Discussion Committee, I would like to notify you that the committee has decided that the proposed EMS/FIRE merger is not advantageous to the City of Raytown and its citizens at this time.

I want to thank the Raytown Fire Protection District for their work on the EMS/FIRE merger proposal and the opportunity to discuss this issue in 2013.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.


Charlotte Melson
Alderman, Ward III
Chair-EMS/FIRE Merger Discussion Committee


Raytown Emergency Medical Services Passes State Audit

On Tuesday, October 8, the Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services performed their mid-term audit and the Department passed with NO corrective actions specified.

The audit reviews compliance with regulations applicable to licensed ambulance services, and is conducted at approximately thirty month intervals.

These audits are performed by the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Raytown EMS is an advanced life support ambulance service dedicated to the City of Raytown. The service has been in operation since July 4, 1976. The ambulance fleet consists of two vehicles staffed and equipped to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day; a third ambulance can be staffed in the event of disaster, or for special events. Each ambulance is equipped with Opticom technology making responses to incidents safer and faster. This technology and all three ambulances were improvements made possible by the Capital Sales Tax.


Raytown EMS open house


Raytown EMS to help with childrens car seats


Raytown EMS Blood Drive

Community Blood Center blood drive to be held at Raytown EMS in the training room, 10020 E. 66th Terr., on Wednesday, August 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To make an appointment online go to www.savealifenow.org and use Sponsor Code raytownems. You may also contact Kim at (816) 737-6030 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Register to donate and enter to win a Disney World Family Adventure! Take the opportunity to help save lives in your community!


City Administrator’s Report for 8/2/2013

City Administrator’s Report FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Development & Public Affairs

The Kansas City Community for All Ages and the Kansas City First Suburbs Coalition (City of Raytown is a member of both of these) has produced two publications that will help people age in place. The Community for All Ages Idea Book provides useful information to help individuals and their caregivers navigate the coming changes in health and lifestyles with special emphasis on home design and maintenance, housing options, and assistive technologies. The Kansas City Community For All Ages Coalition (made up of MARC, KC First Suburbs and KC Communities for All Ages) provides a toolkit that provides strategies to improve facilities and services for older adults and improve the quality of life for all residents. These strategies include improvements to community design, housing choices, local transportation, pedestrian environment, community services, programs for healthy living and civic engagement.

John Benson and Brenda Gustafson attended the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Committee on Mobility/Transportation Eastern Jackson County Coalition. The goal of this committee is to ensure that seniors have access to affordable transportation services so their mobility and independence is not unduly limited when they decide they do not wish to drive or are unable to drive. We, along with the cities of Blue Springs, Independence and Lees Summit discussed what is currently available and what needs to be looked at for the future. This committee will participate in the MARC Older Adult Transportation and Mobility Summit on August 29th.

John Benson and Brenda Gustafson attended the second Farmers Market Planning Committee Meeting on July 31st. Alderman Emerson, Alderman Ertz and Alderman Mock were in attendance. The committee continues to work towards a 2014 Farmers Market for Raytown. Management structure and location were the main topics of this meeting. Our next meeting will be August 7th at 3:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

The tower behind City Hall continues to develop. The footings for the tower and the equipment building have been set.

Last Thursday was the ground breaking for the new Habitat for Humanity House. The footings and foundation walls were poured this week.

The Toast to Our Towns Annual Gala Save the Date was received. The event will be held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Raytown’s Citizen of the Year is Terry Landers. Bridget McCandless, M.D. will be honored as the Heartland Humanitarian of the Year, Silverstein Eye Centers, Heartland Corporate Citizen of the Year and Cliff Jones, Dr. Paul M. Thomson advisor of the Year.

Planning and Zoning held a meeting August 1st. They unanimously recommended approval of a conditional use permit for a pre-owned automotive sales business at 10004 Highway 350 subject to certain conditions.

The department continues to promote our Spring/Summer Newsletter located on our Website to the citizens of Raytown.

A free online directory dedicated to providing seniors and their caregivers with easy access to quality information and resources called CareConnection is available careconnection.mymcpl.org. This directory was developed in partnership with Truman Heartland Community Foundation, Mid-Continent Public Library and Shepherd’s Center Central.


Raytown EMS will be collecting school supplies for their annual Back to School Supply Drive. Residents may drop off supplies at the EMS office located at 10020 East 66th Terrace, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EMS will collect supplies until August 9, 2013. All items collected will be sent to REAP to distribute to local children who are in need.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

August 5 – Municipal Court – 6:00 p.m.
August 6 – Board of Aldermen Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
August 7 – Farmers Market Meeting – 3:30 p.m.
August 8 – BZA Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

Board of Aldermen committee meeting to discuss EMS proposal

The Raytown Board of Aldermen committee consisting of Charlotte Melson, Steve Mock, Jason Greene and Michael Lightfoot meet to publicly discuss a proposal by the Raytown Fire District to take over the City of Raytown’s Emergency Medical Service.  

KCMO Fire Chief’s response to a RaytownOnline.com inquiry

Raytown Fire District is now using Kansas City Fire Department dispatching service.  There is a proposal by the Raytown Fire District to take over Raytown’s EMS (ambulance) service.  Readers have expressed concerns that if Raytown’s EMS service is combined, it also be automatic-assistance and result in a lower quality of service for Raytown residents. RaytownOnline.com ask three questions about the level of service KCMO Fire Department is now providing. What follows is the response to those questions.

I am in receipt of your email requesting information regarding ALS ambulances. In response to your questions;

1.  What percentage of ambulance responses are ALS and what are BLS?

 Because ALS/BLS responses are determined by the care provided and not by the original determinant designated by Emergency Medical – Dispatch, (EM-D), which is the system triage protocol, to answer to this question it is necessary to review patient care reports and tally the type of care provided which will require resources and staff time. However, the following information may suffice. Yesterday was a typical day. We ran 225 EMS calls for service. 68 of those calls were determined to be “Life-Threatening” calls, 157 were determined to be “Non-Life-Threatening”. KCFD responded to 100% of those 225 calls with an ALS ambulance.

2.What percentage of ambulances are staff with at least 1 EMT-P personnel?

 100% of KCFD ambulances are staffed with at least 1 EMT-P 

3. What are the personnel training levels numbers for EMT-B, EMT-P, EMT-I (85 & 95)

 100% of KCFD line personnel are trained to the EMT-B level. The number is approximately 1100 EMT-Bs
The number of KCFD personnel trained to the EMT-Ps level is approximately 170.
The number of a-EMT (EMT-I) is approximately 15. (This is a pilot in the very early stages.)

Paul Berardi
Fire Chief
635 Woodland Avenue, Suite 2100
Kansas City, MO  64106


Letter to the Editor about Raytown Police Dispatch

Good afternoon. I would like to address an article that was posted on the 14th of July regarding Raytown Fire Dispatching and the EMS proposal. While well written there are a few points that need corrections. There have been several numbers that have been floated about the payment that the Raytown Fire Protection District was making to the City for dispatching services by the Raytown Police Department. The actual fee agreed upon by both sides was $50,000.00 per year. You are correct that even though the Raytown Fire Protection District is no longer paying this fee the duties of the Raytown Communications Center have changed but not diminished.

Regarding the paragraph about how dispatching is routed to the Police Communications Center, the following is the correct summation of how this is handled. The Raytown Police Department is the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the City of Raytown. All 9-1-1 calls are routed to it through a selective router based on two things: a physical address or the location of the device placing the call. If the call is from a land line it is sent to the AT&T selective router which then looks at two items to determine where to send the call: The ANI (Automatic Number Identification) and the ALI ( Automatic Location Identification). ANI corresponds to the subscriber’s seven digit telephone number and ALI provides for an address display of the subscriber calling 9-1-1. The ALI display includes the subscriber’s address, community, state, type of service and name. If the call is from a cell phone it is routed through the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) wireless router based on the latitude and longitude that are displayed. There are two different types of technologies that are used based on the type of handset technology that each wireless carrier has decided to utilize for their company. One type of handset uses the triangulation method which utilizes three towers to determine a location, while the other uses GPS technology that is located within the handset device to display the position of the caller. The FCC requires wireless service providers to be within 50 to 300 meters of the handset location depending on the type of technology used by that carrier.  

When a 9-1-1 call is connected to the Raytown Communications Center, a Communications Officer will answer the phone, ask a series of questions to determine what type of response is needed, and then either dispatch the appropriate unit or transfer them to the Kansas City Fire Department if it is a Fire incident. The transfer process takes less than a minute to complete, depending on the amount of time that the Kansas City Fire Department needs to answer the 9-1-1 call. Once at The Kansas City Fire Department it is placed in a queue for actual dispatching. Before the change in service was initiated by the Raytown Fire Protection District, the Raytown Communications Center would gather all of the information, dispatch all necessary units at the same time and respond to any request for additional resources necessary to support the response. With the current status of transferring calls to the Kansas City Fire Department, once the Raytown Communications Center delivers the 9-1-1 call to the Kansas City Fire Department the call is disconnected so that Kansas City Fire dispatchers can gather the information and send the appropriate units to the call. This could be a Raytown unit or a Kansas City Fire Department unit depending on which one is closest to the location. If further assistance is needed from any Raytown Emergency responders , the Kansas City Fire Department must place a telephone call to the Raytown Communications Center to request Police or EMS be dispatched to assist them. This slows down the necessary response of units to an incident.

I appreciate being able to respond to your article and I would be happy to sit down with you to discuss dispatching further. If you would like a tour of the Raytown Communications Center please let me know.

Thank you,

James T. Brafford ENP
Director of Communications

Raytown Fire District’s Dispatching and EMS Proposal

On June 3rd, the Raytown Fire Protection District switched from using the dispatching services of the Raytown Police Department to using the services of the Kansas City Fire Department. RaytownOnline.com has published two articles on this matter in the past (http://raytownonline.com/2013/raytown-fire-protection-district-changes-dispatching-service/  & http://raytownonline.com/2013/raytown-fire-board-meeting/)  The first was essentially a press release from the Fire District and the second was a video of a Fire Board meeting. 

The reasons cited for the switch are

1. Money, Kansas City is providing dispatch for free and the Fire District was paying $55,000 a year for Raytown Police dispatch services.

2. Lowering our rating with the insurance companies (lower is better). ISO (Insurance Services Office) gives fire protection districts a rating of 1 to 10. Raytown’s Fire District is rated at a 4.  This rating is use to formulate a PPC  (Public Protection Classification)  and the PPC  if used to calculate rate insurance companies charge.  ISO states that the average loss per $1,000 of insured property is twice as much for the worst rated communities as it is for the best rated communities.  Click HERE to see the ISO manual and pay attention to page 4 that graphs out the differences. 

ISO ratings are dependent on 3 criteria: equipment and men, water supply, and dispatching quality. According the the Fire Chief, Raytown has seen improvement in the first two areas since the previous rating by ISO in 1998, but lack of improvement in the 3rd area (dispatching) resulted in no improvement in Raytown’s rating of a 4.   Kansas City is mostly rated 2 or 3 depending on the area of the city (with some isolated areas rated as high as 9) and the area around Raytown is mostly a 3 rating.  There is a possibility that by using KCFD dispatch Raytown property owners could see their insurance rates drop a small amount when ISO gets around to re-evaluating Raytown’s rating (the last time span was about 14 years) and if the property owners insurance company uses the ISO ratings (State Farm and many other major companies are using in-house ratings and no longer using ISO, according to a local insurance agent). 

As part of moving dispatching from Raytown PD to KCFD,  Raytown has gone from a mutual aid status to an automatic aid status.  Mutual aid means Raytown will help Kansas City in response to a requested need.  Automatic aid and unified dispatch means that the KCFD dispatchers make the decisions about which units respond to which call automatically.  The first month of the switch resulted in a much larger percentage of Raytown FD responding to calls in Kansas City than Kansas City FD responding to calls in Raytown.  Since then, according to the Raytown FD, Raytown FD is still responding to Kansas City calls at a higher rate than Kansas City FD is responding to Raytown calls, but the disparity is smaller.  

How does dispatching actually work for Raytown now?  911 calls go to a MARC (Mid-America Regional Council) center where they are routed to the appropriate agency automatically. For a land line, the address is used  and for a cell phone, the three closest towers are used to determine location.  Fire, ambulance, and police all are reached by calling 911. When someone calls in a fire in Raytown, the MARC system routes the call to the Raytown Police dispatcher, who then routes it to the KCFD dispatcher.  With the new Raytown Police communication equipment, this may be automated to a push of a button to transfer calls to the Kansas City Fire Dept. once the nature of the call  has been determined. 

The recent proposal by the Raytown Fire District to take over EMS (ambulance) service in Raytown makes this issue even more complex. (click HERE for a RaytownOnline.com article on this proposal)  I have been advised by Chief Mawhirter that EMS would not have to be on automatic-aid, and could remain on a mutual-aid basis.  Kansas City FD is already being criticised for failing to meet a required 90% in 9 minutes response time for ambulance service. (Click HERE for an article on this in the North East News on this)  Raytown currently opperates with a average response time of under 5 minutes and requires a report if the response takes 6 minutes, according to the EMS Director Doug Jonesi.   Questions remain about how this change could be smoothly implemented.  Would EMS dispatch remain with the Raytown Police, or would Kansas City FD dispatch for both fire and EMS, and split the responses so that one is mutual-aid and the other is automatic-aid? 


There is a cost savings to the Raytown FD of $55,000 a year, but Raytown Police actually still have to field the calls due to the way 911 calls are routed, they just do not get paid for it anymore. There eventually may be a small savings on property owners’ insurance rates, if they use an insurance company that still uses ISO for ratings and ISO takes less than 14 years to re-evaluate. However, based on the charts from ISO showing the difference in average loss between an area rated 3 and an area rated 4,  the savings would be very small.  Kansas City FD is much larger and by the nature of size and diversity of needs it must address, there are facilities, programs, and personel that Raytown could benefit from in both training and response, but do we have to be on automatic-aid status for this to happen?

Kansas City has major problems with its ambulance response time. These problems are long-standing and probably will require equipment, personnel, and upgraded facilities to fix.  Splitting the type of response in a combined Fire Department and Ambulance service with a central dispatch seems to add complications. The bottleneck is always going to be the Raytown Police Dispatch, given the way 911 calls are routed.   There needs to be an evaluation of the Raytown Police Dispatch. If problems are identified with number of personnel, training,  or equipment, then steps need to be taken to solve those problems. 

Letter to the Editor on EMS transfer to the Fire District

Attached is the Raytown Fire Protection District’s proposal to the City
of Raytown for Emergency Medical Services Consolidation.  I had to pay
for this copy, but want to make it free and downloadable to all Raytown
citizens.  Although I don’t have much time to comment and at this time,
I will provide you with some of my thoughts and questions at a later
date.  Please keep in mind that this proposal is information being
presented from the RFPD to the City of Raytown.  I’m not saying that any
of the information is one sided or biased, but please be mindful of any
proposals origin.  At a quick glance…. there are several questions
that I look forward to discussing with my Aldermen and the entire Board.

Remember that all of the parties involved are public servants and will
hopefully be open to answering all of the questions that we citizens may
have as we weed through the process.  Asking questions and determining
facts are sometimes better placed outside of Alderman meetings.  I will
hopefully be able to come up with a complete contact list of key persons
that can be later posted.  I do know that anyone could contact the City
Administration office at Raytown City Hall (816-737-6000) or Doug Jonesi
(EMS Director) at the Raytown Emergency Medical Services
station (816-737-6171).  I’m not sure whom the contact person may be for
the RFPD, but I’m hoping to find out soon.

I want to urge the citizens of Raytown not to take this matter lightly. 
This is a serious matter and the Raytown citizens need to be aware of
the implications of either outcome.  Including what it means to the tax
payers money and the potential changes in services being provided.

You can find news paper articles that go back almost 30 years that show
the RFPD have made the same type proposals.  I am looking forward to the
open discussion, detail reviews (both parties), open dialog and
hopefully getting this proposal before the citizens to comment and the
Board of Alderman for a vote that will put this issue to rest…. once
and for all.

Jeremy L. Bledsoe, Sr.

* Editor’s note:  Mr. Bledsoe did email a copy of the document that he obtained before the document was released on the Fire Districts blog.  The document linked in the previous post is the Fire District’s blog version. It was chosen as it is not a scanned copy of the document and therefor clearer.

Fire District proposes taking over Raytown’s EMS service (ambulance)

fire_district_logoThe President of the Raytown Fire Protection District (Robert Palmer) submitted a proposal to Mayor Bower on April 13th, 2013.  The proposal advocates the transfer of the City of Raytown’s Emergancy Medical Services to the Fire District and includes pages of support data.  This document has not been available to the public until recently and was posted on the Fire District’s blog June 11th at 5:25 pm.  A local resident who was requesting the document was referred by the City to the Fire District.  The Fire District refused release until recently, citing that the document was still under review by the District’s lawyer to decide if it fell under the Sunshine laws.  Click HERE to read the proposal in PDF format. 

Raytown Blood Drive

Community Blood Center blood drive to be held at Raytown EMS in the training room, 10020 E. 66th Terr., on Wednesday, May 22nd from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To make an appointment online go to www.savealifenow.org and use Sponsor Code raytownems. You may also contact Kim at (816) 737-6030 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Buy-one-get-one free Schlitterbahn vouchers will be offered to anyone coming in to donate blood. Take the opportunity to help save lives in your community! 


Child Safety Seat free inspection

In celebration of EMS Week, Raytown EMS employees will be holding several community service and education events. On May 21st from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m, at the Raytown EMS building, located at 10020 E. 66th Terr., Raytown EMS staff will be hosting a drive-up/drive-thru car seat event. Nationally certified Child Passenger Seat Technicians will be conducting inspections and installations of child safety seats. No appointment is necessary during this event, but it is recommended that caregivers know the weight and height of the children if they are not present. It is also recommended to bring the vehicle manual and child safety seat manual. Questions can also be answered regarding the proper seat for a child’s size and when they are able to use a booster seat or seatbelt only. Please join us to keep our children and community safe!