Bethel Island residents can expect to be waiting longer for AMR to arrive as their ambulance has moved locations for the third time in a month as its new home is now in Brentwood likely causing response times to likely jump to 12-15 minutes. The move will also affect Oakley and Knightsen residents as well.
On July 15, we were told AMR was going to be stationed at the corner of Cypress/Main in Oakley behind Rositas which was 4 miles away from Bethel Island. Now it’s been moved again and this time further away to Brentwood Blvd/Sunset Rd. which is the same quarters as PM299—roughly 7.5 miles away (17 minutes) according to Google maps.
This move reduces the level of service to the people of Bethel Island, Knightsen and Oakley while increasing service levels to Brentwood as they now have the additional ambulance.
If you recall, on June 29, Pat Frost, director of Contra Costa Emergency Medical Services, did her best sales job to the Contra Costa Times to ensure this was not a take away, but rather a substitution. Well 30 days later, the substitution is gone and it’s a complete removal of medical services out of the area.
The move from Oakley to Brentwood appears to have occurred due to an argument between AMR and the owner of the trailer. From what I am being told, this agreement lasted just few days as the trailer was loaned for use by an AMR employee—it’s unclear if it was a mobile home or a motor home. I’ve spoken to several AMR folks and firefighters and they stated there was an argument within 48-hours and AMR left the trailer for the Brentwood station.
According to AMR folks in the field, the trailer did not have enough space; workers did not have separate rooms (rumored to be a 1 bedroom for multiple people). With 1 bedroom, the additional beds were a sofa and a couch. There was also a problem with the sirens were going off in the trailer park when the engine left.
Here are the chain of events have occurred to Bethel Island over a period of 30 days.
- June 29 – County EMS/AMR promise ambulance/paramedics
- July 1 – Bethel Island Station closed
- July 15 –Ambulance moved to Oakley
- July 18 (around that time) Ambulance moved from Oakley to Brentwood
It is unclear if this is a temporary move or not but I can only hope they are trying to find housing near the Island.
I will update this story when more details become available.