Fla. county EMS: More ambulances needed for growing area
The EMS service requested funding to add a unit to its fleet of 18 ambulances to reduce response times
MANATEE, Fla. — Manatee County Emergency Medical Services has only 18 ambulances responsible for transporting those in need to area hospitals -- not enough, officials warn, as Manatee County and the number of EMS calls continue to grow.
Officials voiced a critical need for additional ambulances in Tuesday's county budget hearings. In May, the center received 1,200 more calls than in May 2014.
They also point specifically to the Parrish area, where the closest ambulance is at U.S. 301 in Palmetto/Ellenton.