Sacramento Fire Agencies Deploying Mobile Integrated Healthcare Units

Mather, CA – The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire or the District) will deploy the first Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) unit in the Sacramento region today as part of a collaborative effort to combat COVID-19 in our community. Up to six units are planned for the area with Metro Fire, the Sacramento Fire Department (SFD), and Cosumnes Fire Department (CSD Fire) each facilitating two units. This partnership includes the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and Sacramento County Public Health in additional to the regional fire agencies.

This first unit placed in service by Metro Fire will be staffed by a Fire Captain who is also a licensed Physician Assistant (PA) and a Firefighter/Paramedic. It will serve as an extension of the department of public health to assist in the broader response to the COVID 19 pandemic. With a focus on identifying at risk individuals and communities it will provide resources, testing, and provide basic medical support to citizens who might not otherwise be able to access appropriate healthcare.

Although MIH units will look no different than a regular fire service ambulance, it will also include additional medical equipment to meet the advanced level of care a PA is able to provide in the community. The MIH program is designed to integrate within the 9-1-1 system and broader healthcare community to provide post-discharge follow up for patients following their hospitalization and to address the needs of our at risk citizens who lack access to resources.

Emergency service delivery is Metro Fire’s number one priority. Today’s launch of MIH after years of planning, with a focus on response to COVID-19 within the Sacramento Region, shows our commitment to the community we serve, the collaboration between local fire departments and emergency medical services providers, and public health agencies in Sacramento County.

We invite all media to a press conference at 10:00 am on Wednesday at Metro Fire’s Headquarters in Mather, CA where the MIH unit will be on display and the initial Physician Assistant, representatives from Metro Fire, Sacramento Fire Department, Hospital Council, and Sacramento Fire Services Medical Director will provide remarks and be available for interviews, including in Spanish.

What: Sacramento Mobile Integrated Health Unit Deployment in Response to COVID-19 When: April 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM Where: Metro Fire Headquarters – 10545 Armstrong Ave, Mather, CA 95648 For further information and details, please contact Captain Chris Vestal at (916) 616-2430.

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