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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Department of Health Sciences
Bradley R. Newcomer
This thesis will identify best practices from other localities around the country and propose a set of possible solutions for Harrisonburg EMS. Because non-emergency 911 calls use resources, finances, equipment and time that contribute to the burden that the emergency system faces, communities have adopted programs that aim to ease this burden by limiting the amount of ambulance responses to calls that turn out to be non-emergency. It is not only in Harrisonburg, but across the country that “providers are overwhelmed with evaluation, treatment and transportation of patients who have minor medical conditions but who have nowhere else to turn or who believe that they are entitled to call” (Morehead Taxi Voucher Guidelines 2016) Some of these programs, particularly those dealing with frequent flyers, could be adopted in Harrisonburg.
Zulauf, Elizabeth, "The community 911 system: Sources of strain and relief" (2017). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019. 265.