EMS Policy

Ric Jones retired from service as the Emergency Medical Services Supervisor for the City of Dubuque Fire Department following a 31 year career. Ric was one of Iowa’s first paramedics and achieved certification as a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Ric has been certified as an instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Hazardous Materials, Confined Space, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Fighting. Ric was project manager for establishing fleet management practices for the Fire Department, traffic pre-emption, outdoor warning, and emergency vehicle purchases and set up.

Ric was elected as an at-large representative to the Dubuque City Council in 2005, and currently serves in that position.

Ric has served as an officer of the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association and the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association and was heavily involved in pursuing and directing the public policy activities for both groups. Ric led the efforts to provide infectious disease notification for public safety personnel who had exposures, to allow paramedics to practice in all care settings, not just in ambulances, and to provide for an advance directive for patients in the out of hospital setting. He lead the successful legislative effort to get emergency medical responders covered under the “Protection Class,” of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System.

He has been an effective statesman and lobbyist in the Iowa State Capitol.

Ric’s expertise includes collective bargaining for public employees under Chapter 20, public administration, and development of policy and protocols for all areas of emergency response and public safety. Ric was instrumental in including the Dubuque Fire Department in the National Institutes of Health Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium through the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Though Iowa is no longer participating in the study, Ric helped lay a great deal of the public policy groundwork that enabled it to proceed.

He can help you solve operational, educational and governmental problems in your system or city.

What we do:

  • Set up policies, procedures and protocols for a new or growing EMS system
  • Analyze operational issues and offer solutions
  • Show you how to solve cash flow issues by optimizing reimbursement for ambulance services
  • Craft strategies for public policy changes
  • Connect the right products and services to your local needs
  • Write and recommend vehicle and equipment specifications