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City buys Atlanta FD 2 rigs due to slow local EMS response

Grady EMS has been under fire for response times, and a hospital emergency department’s closure may make them worse


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By Leila Merrill

ATLANTA — The city bought two ambulances for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department following reports of delayed arrivals by Grady EMS for at least a year, Fox 5 Atlanta reported Friday.

The news comes on the same day as an Atlanta Constitution-Journal report about a man who suffered a stroke and had to wait more than 90 minutes for an ambulance.

John Hanson, senior vice president of Grady Emergency Medical Services told the AC-J that the impending closure of the emergency department at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center South will affect response times.