The Murfreesboro Post interviewed City Manager Craig Tindall and Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department Chief Mark A. Foulks regarding the city’s evolving relationship with county emergency response officials.
Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron and Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland have expressed interest in working together on such issues as placing medical and fire dispatchers in one location, called “co-locating.”
Tindall said in an email, “Without the leadership of Mayor Ketron and Mayor McFarland we could have never got to this point. This is a great example of what can be accomplished when groups work together for a common cause and want to provide what’s best for the citizens of Rutherford County. I also want to commend the County Public Safety Commission for being supportive of these efforts.”
The Post asked Foulks several questions. His responses are listed below.
Q: What is the next step in co-location?
A: “The City and County will begin addressing the various technical and logistical issues involved in co-locating and more close integrating workflow.” (sic)
Q: What is the timeline?
A: “The goal is to have co-location complete by Spring of 2020.”
Q: Will this be at Murfreesboro Police Department?
A: “Yes, in the Emergency Communications area of MPD Headquarters.”
Q: Which dispatchers are involved? (County EMS, city fire)
A: “The employees of Murfreesboro Emergency Communications and Rutherford County EMS Emergency Communications. County and Murfreesboro emergency medical and fire services will be dispatched from the center. Law enforcement agencies will continue to dispatch their personnel.”
Q: Will MFRD continue to provide first response prior to EMS arriving?
A: “Yes, at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic level. MFRD and RCEMS will be dispatched at the same time to life-threatening emergency medical responses.”
Q: To be sure I understand, the city will not buy ambulances.
A: “There are no ambulance purchases in the City’s FY20 budget at this time. The City’s primary objective has long been to create a co-operative effort with Rutherford County that offers the highest quality and fastest emergency services to our citizens and work to assist in RCEMS providing these services to the citizens of the County inside of the City. The City believes that the path forward in this effort is very promising.”