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File #: 23-0794    Name:
Type: Grant Application Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/8/2023 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 3/14/2023 Final action:
Title: Consideration of a Grant Application to the 2023 Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) through the Virginia Department of Health for Rapid Response Vehicles, and Associated Computing Equipment Purchases.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: MARCH 7, 2023

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

THROUGH: JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER /s/

FROM: COREY SMEDLEY, FIRE CHIEF

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Consideration of a Grant Application to the 2023 Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) through the Virginia Department of Health for Rapid Response Vehicles, and Associated Computing Equipment Purchases.
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ISSUE: Consideration of a grant application to the 2023 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund through the Virginia Department of Health for rapid response vehicles, and associated computing equipment purchases.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

(1) Approve the submission of an application for the RSAF grant for $332,952; and

(2) Authorize the City Manager to execute the necessary documents that may be required.

BACKGROUND: The Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) is a multi-million dollar matching grant program for Virginia governmental, volunteer, and non-profit EMS agencies/organizations to provide financial assistance based on demonstrated need. The primary goal of this program is to purchase EMS equipment and vehicles. RSAF is a reimbursement grant that requires the grantee to make the purchase for the awarded item(s) and then submit an invoice for reimbursement.

DISCUSSION: This grant would fund the purchase of three rapid response vehicles and associated computing equipment.

Adding these vehicles will help the Fire Department evolve toward more efficient EMS response and improve overall response times. Use of these vehicles in the future would reduce call volume on heavier fire apparatus, subsequently reducing wear and tear, and would keep Advanced Life Support staff in the City while patients requiring basic life support are transport...

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