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August 26, 2014

Ky. fire to increase EMS funds for better response times

The fire district plans to raise taxes to increase EMS services after a 2013 reduction resulted in inadequate response times

The Courier-Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In 2013, Louisville's 17 suburban fire districts reduced the number of emergency medical services calls they responded to by thousands in an attempt to lower costs.

But at least one district has reconsidered that change after 168 people facing semi-critical medical issues did not receive ambulance service within three to five minutes of calling 911 last year.

To respond to more calls, however, the district will do something no resident wants to hear — raise taxes.

Read full story: PRP fire district to increase EMS services

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Paul Silva Paul Silva Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:44:06 AM Where is the data showing that improved response times equate to better patient outcome/care? Excluding stroke, cardiac arrest, MI I don't think we have the data to support this. Furthermore, how many trucks were tied up with...ahem..."not emergent" calls that should have been available to respond. What's being done to address root cause of these patient complaints? What's a "semi-critical" medical issue?
Terry Allen Terry Allen Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:07:56 AM Louisville Metro government doesnt have enough units on the streets.they dont want to buy any new vehicles,lot of them are old and break down often.they would rather squander on building bike paths across the county,oh i forgot..they are some serious crooks and embezzle a lot of money
Dominick Walenczak Dominick Walenczak Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:30:05 PM *Fire district plans to raise taxes to increase fire department toys Fixed that for you. 90% of calls are EMS, yet 90% of funding goes to fire. Seems legit.

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