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Monday, July 15, 2013

Deputy Mayor Wants Most Cost Effective Way To Respond To Medical Calls

The fact the fire department is getting too many of the emergency calls before Ambulance NB is prompting Deputy Mayor Shelley Rinehart to seek answers as to why.

Rinehart is giving her fellow members of Common Council a list of questions for Ambulance NB to answer. 

They include what the response times have been in the city over the past year? What the expected response times are? What the coverage is? How many ambulances are there in Saint John? How often has the fire department arrived first? What the time difference was and what type of call was it?

The city has been told by consultant Todd MacDonald, responding to medical calls could be adversely affecting response times to fires and in 3 out of 4 cases, medical intervention doesn't happen.