Countywide ambulance in Atchison county near completion of first year of operation

Less than a year out of its gate, the county run ambulance service enters the fourth quarter with progressive operational strides since its February start. Director Corey Scott, Atchison County EMS Ambulance, credits the emergency medical technicians and the paramedics whose hard work contributed to the accomplishments and successes of the ambulance service thus far.

The September response times were compiled for presentation to the Atchison County Commissioners along with monthly comparisons. The countywide ambulance service has been on its own since Jan. 31. The main station located at 10443 U.S. Highway 59 serves the eastern half of the county, which includes Atchison city limits. The station housed in Effingham serves the western half of the county. Both stations are staffed 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

Scott said the targeted chute time goal is less than three minutes each call. Scott defines chute time as the time from ambulance responders receive the actual dispatch until the ambulance moves from the station to its dispatched destination. The September chute time checked in at 1.56 minutes. This compares to 2.86 minutes in February the inaugural month of county service.

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