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Mountaintop emergency service response time discussed

Feb 21, 2019 12:23 am
Sarah Trafton reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Greene County legislators agreed on maybe only one thing at a Feb. 11 meeting about emergency service on the mountaintop: they'd all like more of it. But, “this appears to us to be based on emotion rather than call data, response times and factual information to back up the move or add another truck,” Greene County Emergency Services Board of Directors President Mark Evans said. Greene County lawmakers were discussing moving the mountaintop’s lone flycar, a paramedic vehicle equipped to prepare patients before an ambulance’s arrival at a scene, which is now based in Windham. Hunter Town Supervisor Daryl Legg wanted the flycar in either Hunter or Lexington instead, and also wanted a second flycar added to the mountaintop. A second flycar would cost $403,000, and $200,000 to staff the vehicle, and $40,000 for the medical equipment. "At this time, we have no plan to add a medic truck and no facts to support the addition of a truck. We do not have the call data for another truck. The only thing I can point to, to justify another truck is reducing response time,” Evans said. Currently three emergency vehicles stationed in the valley take an average of nine minutes to get to an incident, while the mountaintop vehicle’s response time is 14 minutes. Read the full story at HudsonValley360.com.