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“Roaming” ambulance may reduce response times

In an attempt to reduce response times in the County, one of  Picton’s two ambulances will “roam” to the Wellington area during the day.

The plan will run on a trial basis from May 11 to October 15.

Councillor Janice Maynard, a member of the emergency services committee, raised the issue after seeing 2014 statistics showing Hastings County response times at 8:08 minutes compared to Prince Edward County at 12:30 minutes – more than four minutes slower. In January, response times in the County for Code 4 calls, the most serious, was 10:32 minutes compared to 8:ambulance13 in Hastings county.

When the ambulance is not roaming it will be at the Wellington Fire Hall as a post. When the other Picton base vehicle receives a call, the roaming ambulance will return to Picton base.

The County operates two ambulances, one on duty 24 hours a day, seven days per week and the second, 12 hours a day, seven days per week. The County shares a backup with the Hastings County fleet.

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  1. Jack Dall says:

    Perhaps the OPP could take a look at this. Response times and police prescence in the more rural wards appears to be similar if not slower then ambulance services. Roaming cruisers , possibly one or two covering randomly selected wards on a rotational basis. They could use the Firehalls as a home base. This would eliminate some of the reactive policing that is now in place without incurring more police costs. Unexpected police prescence would serve as a deterrent in itself.

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