KINGMAN - The Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and Kingman Regional Medical Center have signed a new base hospital agreement.
The agreement will be effective July 1.
New NACFD Fire Chief Patrick Moore and KRMC CEO Brian Turney signed the agreement earlier this month.
Moore, Turney and KRMC Emergency Department Medical Director Mike Ward were unavailable for comment. All three were out of the office Thursday.
The agreement will allow personnel from NACFD to call into the hospital for help in treating injuries or incidents in the field.
It also helps the hospital emergency room to better prepare for incoming injuries and patients by having both the hospital and NACFD personnel operating under the same emergency medical procedures.
According to NACFD, the partnership will save the fire district approximately $24,000 annually in medical control physician costs. It will also give the district the ability to exchange emergency medical supplies with local ambulance services and the KRMC ER.
The Hualapai Valley Fire District, now part of NACFD, had a previous base hospital agreement with KRMC which lasted 25 years. In December 2007, the hospital and HVFD Chief Wayne Eder ended that agreement. HVFD then signed an agreement with a doctor out of Phoenix to provide medical advice for HVFD personnel out in the field.