Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter lets the numbers make the argument for the city of Eudora’s upcoming request that Douglas County expand ambulance service in the community.
In 2011, his department responded to 325 emergency medical service calls, which automatically generated a response from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, Keiter said. The calls have since increased at a rate of 30 to 40 a year, and the community had 450 medical calls in 2015.
“It’s a consistent and steady increase,” he said. “It’s a trend we’re seeing nationwide. I attribute it to baby boomers getting older. As that generation gets older, we’re running more calls.”
The other figure Keiter cites is 12 minutes. That’s the average time it takes a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical ambulance crew to arrive at the scene of a Eudora incident after being dispatched.
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