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Fla. county FD uses ‘peak load’ ambulances to reduce response times

Charlotte County Fire and EMS has started a program to add ambulances during the busiest times of the day

By Bill Carey

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Charlotte County Fire and EMS has begun a new program aimed at reducing ambulance response times during peak call times.

The ‘40-Hour Peak-Load’ project will bring three new ambulances to cover areas with the highest number of calls, during the busiest times of the day, Fox 4 reported.

“We started rolling out one of our future three ambulances that will kind of move around and roam throughout the county and hit areas of opportunity where we have increased call volume,” Lieutenant Brendan Betancourt said. “The idea is to try and minimize dispatch time from call to arrival.”

After conducting a Community Risk Assessment and Standards of Cover study, it was determined that adding three ambulances during peak times could enhance EMS services.

The new ambulances will be staffed with one EMT and one paramedic. They will work four, 10-hour shifts a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.