Collier County on board with new EMS system

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NAPLES, Fla. – Collier County Emergency Medical Services is almost done installing a new alerting system after the state discovered the system failed to respond to a call quickly.

Chaz Minard died of a heart attack in December 2012 after it took EMS crews more than six minutes to respond to a call for help, the state said. Tuesday would have been Chaz’ birthday and his father, Charles Minard, said negligence is the reason his son is not alive today.

The state mandated Collier County to spend $230,000 in 2015 to upgrade its system instead of issuing a hefty $700,000 fine. Today more than half of the county’s 26 stations are using the new system. The remaining stations are two months away from installing the new system.

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