Rules for Missouri Ambulance Districts

XX. Additional Resources

There are many other possible sources of good information; however, it is always important to decide on the value and usability of information from other sources. Of course, one of the most important sources of information should be an AD’s attorney because an attorney, competent in AD law, has understanding of the law gained through years of practice and is able to balance different sections of law, sometimes con?icting law, case law and opinions from the attorney general to give informed opinions.

AD attorneys will give clients answers that sometimes are frustrating. Answers to “Is it legal?” truly may be unknown because there has been no judicial interpretation — often the safest answer might be, “you probably shouldn’t do that.” Answers to “Can we do it?” may be more of a political situation than a legal question — the AD board may need to use their collective wisdom to decide between “we can do it” versus “we should do it.”

In some cases the Missouri attorney general may have already offered an opinion on a particular matter. State elected officials are allowed to request opinions from the attorney general. However, until there is a judge’s ruling on the matter, an attorney general’s opinion is just the opinion of another attorney, albeit the state’s attorney.

There is also the ice skating analogy; yes, a person can skate on thin ice, but why chance it? AD boards should always try to “skate on the thickest ice possible” when considering a course of action.

If an AD board and its attorneys absolutely cannot determine a course of action, the courts might have jurisdiction with a priority as a matter of public interest and concern.

ADs should also make sure they build relationships with county officials such as the county clerk (handles elections in most counties and handles tax levy forms), the collector (forwards property tax revenue), etc.

A list of additional resources follows, including organizations that may be worthy of membership.

Ambulance District Association of Missouri
4169 Old Mill Parkway
St. Peters, MO 63376
Phone: 816-858-4450
Fax: 816-858-4725

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Grant information and tutorial
Phone: 866-274-0960
Email:[email protected]

Fire and Rescue Training Institute
University of Missouri Extension
110 S. College Ave., Rm. 232
Columbia, MO 65211-3410
Phone: 800-869-3476
or 573-882-4735
Fax: 573-882-0678

International Association of Fire Chiefs Emergency Medical Services Section
4025 Fair Ridge Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22033-2868
Phone: 703-273-0911
Fax: 703-273-9363

Local Records Preservation Program
P.O. Box 1747
Jefferson City, MO 65101-1747
Phone: 573-751-9047
Fax: 573-526-3867

Mid-America Regional Council Government Training Institute
600 Broadway Ste. 200
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-474-4240

Missouri Ambulance Association
P.O. Box 522
Jefferson City, MO 65012
Fax: 660-783-2804

Missouri Association of Counties
516 E. Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-634-2120

Missouri Association of Public Purchasing

Missouri Attorney General Sunshine Law information and Attorney General Opinions
207 W. High St.
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-3321
Fax: 573-751-0774

Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Phone: 573-751-6356
Fax: 573-751-6348

Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association
425 E. High St.
Jefferson City MO 65101
Phone: 573-761-9911

Missouri EMS Funeral Response Team
425 E. High St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 660-415-7990 or 800-274-6914

Missouri Municipal League
1727 Southridge Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-635-9134
Fax: 573-635-9009

Missouri Office of Administration Purchasing and Materials Management
301 W. High St., Rm. 630
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-751-2387
Fax: 573-526-9815

Missouri School Board Association
2100 I-70 Dr. SW
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: 573-445-9920

Missouri Secretary of State
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
P.O. Box 1767
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1767
Phone: 573-751-2301 or 800-669-8683 (NOW-VOTE)
Fax: 573-526-3242
Information on elections, records retention, etc.

Missouri State Auditor
301 W. High St., Office 880
P.O. Box 869
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-4213
Fax: 573-751-7984
Taxation and ?nance information

National Association of Parliamentarians
213 S. Main St.
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-833-3892

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Emergency Medical Services (NTI-140)

1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202-366-5440
Fax: 202-366-7149

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
151 Spring St.
Herndon, VA 20170-5223
Phone: 703-736-8900 or 800-367-6447
Fax: 703-635-2326

State Emergency Management Agency
Missouri Department of Public Safety

Offers a range of emergency training

United States Fire Administration
Most USFA information
For USFA grant information and tutorial
Grants and training publications and information