EMS Sustainability Trust Account
In May of 2007, the volunteer ambulance service in Hanna, Wyoming, ceased operations, creating a void of emergency medical services (EMS) coverage in the eastern portion of Carbon County. Convinced that the EMS assessment process that Carbon County had engaged in was valuable and could offer solutions for designing sustainable EMS systems throughout Wyoming, Representative Jeb Steward introduced legislation to provide assist to Wyoming EMS’ in conducting similar assessments.
The EMS Sustainability Trust Account was established through Enrolled Act No. 94 of the 2009 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature. This act created W.S. 33-36-115 within the “Wyoming Emergency Medical Services Act of 1977” and provided authority and funding to the Department of Health, Public Health Division, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) to provide two types of grants:
- Grants for needs assessments to determine possible solutions (a master plan) for sustaining emergency medical services (EMS) in a local community or service area;
- Grants to assist a community in implementing a master plan after a needs assessment has been conducted.
Through the legislative action, two accounts were established:
- An interest bearing account (corpus account) with $500,000 as an initial appropriation. The corpus account exists as an “investment” account to accrue interest. The original $500,000 cannot be expended.
- An income account for the deposit of interest from the corpus account, with an initial appropriation of $50,000.
As of July, 2014, the amount available in the income account for use towards grant awards is $183,050.87.
In July 2014, the OEMS finalized “Chapter 12: Emergency Medical Services Needs Assessment and Master Plan Implementation Grants,” a new chapter under the Rules and Regulations for the Wyoming Emergency Medical Services for the administration of grants from this account.
Needs Assessment and Master Plan Implementation Grant
Applications may be submitted from April 1st through June 30th of each year.
If you or your area is considering submitting an application for a needs assessment grant, please be aware the maps of the Rural Urban Commuting Areas (RUCA) have changed locations.
Click this link to get the updates:
- Question: We have more than one ambulance station in the application area. Do we need to complete an addendum on each station?
- Answer: No. If all of the stations operate under the same business license, they should be considered as one service.
- Question: We have staff members that are paid an on call wage to standby, and are then paid a full wage if they respond to a call. Where in Section II of the application should we identify these persons.
- Answer: Staff in this category should be counted as volunteers.
- Question: We have some staff that function only as drivers. Where should they be listed?
- Answer: Simply include them in the “Total # of Volunteers” or “Total # of Paid Staff”, whichever is most appropriate.
- Comment: A question was raised regarding the Rural Urban Commuting Areas (RUCA) and determining the boundaries of the RUCAs and the political subdivisions within reach RUCA.
- Question: Is an applicant required to obtain signatures from every “political subdivision” when the RUCA(s) contain multiple “special districts” particularly those that are related to public utilities or multiple school districts?
- Answer: Both the statute and rules refer to “involved political subdivisions”. We interpret this to mean “those political subdivisions involved in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services. Therefore, the applicant’s focus should be directed towards the towns, cities, and counties and any special districts that are particular stakeholders in the delivery of EMS. Examples of this type of special district would include fire districts and healthcare districts. In contrast, while a school district is certainly a recipient of EMS, they are not typically involved in the system design for EMS or in the administration of the system.
- Star Valley – Assessment of Emergency Medical Services September 2017
- South Lincoln County, Kemmerer – Assessment of Emergency Medical Services September 2017
- Sublette County – Assessment of Emergency Medical Services, November 2016
- Campbell County – Assessment of Emergency Medical Services, June 2016
- Sweetwater County – Assessment of Emergency Medical Services, December 2015 Report
- Fremont County – Assessment of Emergency Medical Services, May 2015
- Carbon County – Assessment of Carbon County Wyoming, May 2008
For more information on the Needs Assessments, please contact the:
Office of Emergency Medical Services
6101 Yellowstone Rd., Suite 400
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Toll Free: (888) 228-8996
Direct: (307) 777-7955
Fax: (307) 777-5639