Oswego Agrees To Pay Fine Regarding OFD

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council agreed to the Stipulation and Order set forth by the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services regarding violations by the city’s fire department.

The state mandated the city pay a $10,000 fine for those violations.

As a result of its investigation, the state determined that 38 EMS providers failed to complete pre-hospital care reports on 178 occasions.

Also, the Oswego Fire Department failed to maintain a treatment management record for patients who received advanced life support services on numerous occasions.

The city agreed to pay $2,000 of the fine within 30 days of the effective date of the Stipulation and Order.

The remaining $8,000 shall be suspended provided the fire department doesn’t violate the Public Health Law Article 30 or State Emergency Medical Services Code 10 NYCRR Part 800 within two years after the effective date of the Stipulation and Order.

The issues the department was cited for involve paperwork only and “patient care was never compromised,” Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie pointed out.

Most violations involved “cancelled en route” calls, where the crews were cancelled and never made it to the destination and returned to quarters, he said, adding the department has instituted new policies and procedures in response to this investigation.

The 30 days begins after the agreement goes back and forth between the attorneys and is formally executed, the chief explained.

“It could be 30 days from a while, a week or so,” he said.