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According to the MA Department of Public Health (MA DPH) and its Office of Emergency Medical Service (OEMS) apparently nothing. Absolutely nothing! The following email was sent to OEMS officials last week: To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Jamie.Pianka@state.ma.us; CC: Lorraine.Tarrow@state.ma.us; email@example.com
Phil: Thanks for taking the time while in the field to call today and address the outstanding records request. As I mentioned to you I’d follow-up with respect to the two matters of concern: • • The Barre Ambulance Service; The Town of Barre as the designated Licensee;
In order to avoid any confusion please treat this as a formal records request. The Office of Emergency Medical Services has alleged certain clerical errors have occurred over the years which led to wrongly identifying the private, nonprofit BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD INC. as the Licensee. It is the contention of the OEMS that the Town of Barre has always been the Licensee dating back to 1972. However no records exist to memorialize this legal claim though records do exist showing the nonprofit as the Licensee and a BARRE AMBULANCE SERVICE as the Service Provider. Furthermore, the MA Department of Public Health, as of January 2013, now identifies this BARRE AMBULANCE SERVICE, a fictitious business entity, as the service provider all the while Region II identifies William Dino, a current Board member of the Central MA Emergency Medical Systems Corp. which OEMS oversees, as a representative of the BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD INC. Dino is the organization’s ALS Coordinator, a position created in ’08. As I stated to you in our discussion there is no evidence that such a dba legally exists. Quite the contrary. And if, as one OEMS investigator claimed, the BARRE AMBULANCE SERVICE is a dba for the Town of Barre then this presents another legal dilemma which your agency has declined to address – though well within its regulatory control. I also mentioned how the BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD INC. , BARRE AMBULANCE SERVICE , and BARRE EMS (a second dba), have all been identified with the same Service Number –
3-2-6-2. Thus, as I’ve expressed before to OEMS they are collectively one legal entity – the nonprofit – albeit illegally using two fictitious names. Then there’s this fact: MA DPH has records on file dating back to ’05 that the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has assigned the BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD INC. with a CLIA number – not any of the fictitious entities. And the address of the nonprofit is correctly recorded as 10 Broad Street – not 40 West St. Box 201 the Town of Barre’s municipal building. Given these facts I am requesting to view the following public records that must exist in order for the MA DPH to be boldly making certain assertions: 1. The correspondence from the Town of Barre and/or the BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD INC. to OEMS requesting the dba BARRE AMBULANCE SERVICE and OEMS’s affirming correspondence; 2. The correspondence from the Town of Barre and/or the BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD INC. to OEMS requesting the dba BARRE EMS and OEMS’s affirming correspondence; 3. The Town of Barre’s original ambulance license certificate awarded by the MA Department of Public Health; If OEMS cannot provide any of these records - given the well documented history of address and name changes of this EMS entity - then I’m strongly urging a public correction be made immediately which would accurately reflect the BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD INC. as the Licensee and Service Provider. Anything less would be tantamount to fraud. Lastly, Phil, if there’s a way to waive the records fee from past request now on your desk, I’d appreciate it. If any materials could not be located please explain. Recall on February 25th I requested the following: 1. Any correspondence between you and the Town of Barre and/or the Barre Emergency & Rescue Squad Inc. in 2012 – Present specific to “cleaning up” Licensee issues ; 2. Town of Barre’s service zone plan (preliminary or approved); 3. The most recent provider contracts on file with the Department between the Town of Barre, the Barre Emergency & Rescue Squad Inc., the Barre Family Health Center, and any elderly care facility in Barre’s designated service zone ; 4. The Town of Barre /Barre Emergency & Rescue Squad Inc.’s 2012 complete license renewal application (if applicable) ; In closing, I appreciate your candor and your willingness to listen to my many concerns about this organization.
I also sent the following records request to Charles Fullam of the BARRE AMBULANCE SERVICE/BARRE EMS/ BARRE EMERGENCY & RESUCE SQUAD INC. last week, too:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org CC: Lorraine.Tarrow@state.ma.us Mr. Fullam: The following is a request pursuant to the Commonwealth’s Public Records Law. According to the MA Department of Health the Barre Emergency & Rescue Squad Inc. (aka Barre EMS) is purportedly a municipal entity. And you, Mr. Fullam, are a town employee with the titles of Manager and EMS Coordinator. As such you would be the custodian of the records I seek. I am requesting to view the following: 1. The Service’s trip logs from 2012 pursuant to 105 CMR 170.345. The Office of Emergency Medical Services requires minimum information for each EMS run to be submitted to the Department within 14 days of the call, via upload or direct on-line data entry, to the MATRIS website. Given the nature of the system it shouldn’t be a problem viewing the records all the while bypassing patient information; 2. The EMS Coordinator job description; 3. Your employee contract with the Town of Barre specific to your role with the Service; 4. The business certificates specific to the following dba’s: Barre EMS and the Barre Ambulance Service; Lastly Mr. Fullam, in a prior records request you alleged to the Secretary of the Commonwealth how I forwarded an email to your personal address and that it went to “junk mail” and was subsequently deleted. The Supervisor of Records, in a disposition letter to me dated November 19, 2012, wrote the following: Public records requests must be sent to a municipal governmental entity, not to a private individual… Mr. Fullam requested that future requests be sent to the Town rather than to his private email address. You allegedly represent a municipal entity in your capacity as EMS Manager/Coordinator and this email address is on file with the MA Department of Health as recent as January 2013 for the Town of Barre in the public capacity for which you serve. Please advise when a mutually agreeable time can be arranged to view these public records.
And what was reported last week by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette? An article about a new ambulance fee requested by the Barre ambulance crew, approved by Wonderland’s board of selectmen.
Not a single time did this reporter ever cite the name of the “service” that is supposedly collecting the fees even though the Town controls the funds. I wonder why? Two days later, on March 21st, the Barre Gazette would run a similar article but this time Mr. Fullam would be identified with the BARRE EMERGENCY AMBULANCE RESCUE SQUAD (yet another iteration of the BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD INC.) Selectmen on the recommendation of the ambulance squad approved the fees in the hopes the service breaks even – though it did 900 emergency runs last year!
In the meantime MA DPH has recognized the Town of Barre as the rightful licensee (though no legal records exist) and the fictitious BARRE AMBULANCE SERVICE as the rightful service provider. Furthermore, the Commonwealth claims this is a municipal service run by the fire department.
How much bogus information can MA DPH cram into one search query? Apparently a lot! Meanwhile on any given weekend nowadays scores of vehicles can be found parked outside the BARRE EMERGENCY & RESCUE SQUAD’S so-called ambulance shed at 10 Broad Street. Except it’s even more difficult for those non-discerning types to locate the ‘service” since its signage has come down. It’s the Truth.
I wonder why? Perhaps another “new individual” is to blame?
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