CAR SEAT SAFETY PROGRAM
Car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. That’s why it’s so important to choose and correctly install the right car seat for your child.
Nothing is more important than the safety of our children. It’s one of the reasons the Richmond Ambulance Authority created the Child Car Seat Safety Program. The program is free to City of Richmond residents. Our certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians (CPST) inspect and instruct parents/guardians on how to properly install a child’s car safety seat. Seats can come in different types, and sizes.
Please Note: The Richmond Ambulance Authority inspects child seats but does not provide them.
If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment call 804-254-1150 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or submit your information below. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. A maximum of three appointments per day will be scheduled. Appointments are generally scheduled on either Tuesday or Thursday.
The Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) and the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) launched “First Responders for Recovery” in May 2019. “First Responders for Recovery” is an evidence based program aimed at connecting addicts to recovery resources in the Metro Richmond area. RCHD’s Peer Recovery Specialist trains RAA Paramedics and EMTs on different methods they can use to encourage patients to sign a “First Responders for Recovery” release form. Within 48 hours RCHD’s Peer Recovery Specialist contacts the patient to try and get them into a recovery center.
In addition, resource packets filled with recovery options in the Metro Richmond area are given to patients and family members interested in the program. RAA and RCHD remain committed to working with our public safety and health partners to get as many patients connected to recovery as possible so they can live healthy and prosperous lives.
For more information about the program contact us.
RIDER ALERT MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PROGRAM
Motorcycle deaths and injuries continue to be a serious problem in Virginia. The Richmond Ambulance Authority and Bon Secours Virginia started the Rider Alert program in 2011 in partnership with Motorcycle Virginia to help first responders provide rapid and accurate medical assistance to motorcyclists involved in serious crashes. Identification cards located inside the rider’s helmet provide first responders with lifesaving information including important medical history and emergency contact information. The cards are available at the Richmond Ambulance Authority. For more information click on the link below.
The LifeSaver Membership Program helps City of Richmond residents cover the cost of emergency medical transports. For a low, annual fee of $49 for individuals, or $79 for a family, the plan covers insurance co-pays and deductibles for emergency ambulance transports. Medicaid recipients should not join the Lifesaver program, as it does not provide you with any additional benefits. Coverage begins on January 1 (ends on December 31st) each year. Keep in mind there is a 30-day administrative waiting period, so the sooner you complete your application and mail it in, the better! Applications for the 2019 Lifesaver Membership program are currently available. In some cases emergency transports are not covered by insurance, or patients are responsible for the full balance of their transport. In those cases the LifeSaver Membership Program provides a 20% discount for that transport.
If you would like to sign up for Life Saver Membership, please download our PDF form.
PAWS FOR PARAMEDICS
The Richmond Ambulance Authority and the Richmond SPCA launched a partnership creating the Pets for Paramedics program in 2018. It was later renamed Paws for Paramedics to reflect other programs the Richmond SPCA had in place to similarly help different populations under its Paws for Health umbrella. The program is designed to help EMS providers relieve stress through regular interaction with pets from the Richmond SPCA. RAA staff interact with pets awaiting adoption while also providing exposure to help the pets find homes.
According to studies, EMS providers are frequently exposed to traumatic events which can lead to high levels of workplace stress. This partnership allows RAA to continue its dedication to providing a healthy work environment for our EMTs and Paramedics. Research on the human-animal bond has demonstrated the benefits pets can have on a person’s mental, social and physical health. If you’re interested in adopting one of these pets visit our Newsroom.