To reduce and prevent 911 calls by identifying the root cause of EMS system reliance through the client’s perspective and then addressing those needs by activating and collaborating with community resources.
The collaboration between the Tucson Fire Department and Tucson Medical Center to form a community to care for the whole person.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY TUCSON FIRE FIELD CREWS MAY REFER CLIENTS TO TC3
- Reduce and prevent overload of the emergency system.
- Maintain 911 and emergency department reliability to keep medical units
in service and hospital beds open for time sensitive patients.
- Increase awareness of and access to community resources.
- Improve patient and provider quality of life.
Tucson Collaborative Community Care (TC-3) began with two fire personnel visiting the homes of individuals who frequently called 911. They soon discovered that when they took the time to listen and understand problems from the client’s perspective and then utilize existing resources within the Tucson community to address those problems that their client’s 911 utilizations dropped drastically. In 2018 Tucson Medical Center became a partner in the collaboration by providing personnel and resources. Since then, the program continues to evolve to meet the needs of the community.
TC-3 staff will process referrals from field crews and complete preliminary phone calls when possible. Navigators will visit the client to listen and discuss their needs. By understanding the client’s needs from their point of view, TC-3 will collaborate with various community organizations to address those needs.
William Simmons, Tucson Fire Department Firefighter
Jennifer Barkman, TMC RN
Jennifer Culbert, Medic Navigator
Tosha Perkins, Behavioral Health Navigator
Ricky Romero, CBI Navigator
Christopher Don, MS
TMC Program Manager
Julieta Scroggs, RN
Community Outreach Coordinator
Natalie Becker, MS
Community Risk Reduction Manager
Mari Vasquez, MEd
A vulnerable community member calling 9-1-1 frequently may be in need of a different type of response and support other than dispatching an Engine crew or transporting them to the hospital. Tucson Fire's TC-3 Program, working through many robust community partnerships, connects those callers to resources and entities that can help address social determinants of health. Our community partnerships include but are not limited to behavioral health agencies, pet welfare, housing, and durable medical equipment. Tucson Fire's TC-3 partnerships with these community based organizations enable us to better serve our vulnerable community members.