Riley County EMS presented four scenarios to cut down ambulance response time in Northern Riley County to county commissioners on Monday.
EMS Director David Adams talked about one scenario that would move on ambulance from Station 1 in the city of Manhattan to the City of Riley.
“The response time to Riley will be 1-2 minutes and for Randolph it will be 15 minutes,” said Adams, “Leonardville, the time will be 8. In case the ambulance needs to be called back to Manhattan for call volume, it would be 18 minutes.”
Adams said if they move the truck to Riley however, station one in Manhattan will have a higher call volume. He said they would have to re-district Station 1 and send some of the call areas to other stations to reduce the call volume for the station.
Another scenario presented would relocate units from the station by the airport to Riley. Adams said stations 1 and 2 would have to increase their call volumes. He also said the average response time to Ogden, which averages 209 calls, will increase by seven minutes. The trade off for this scenario would the problem would be solved in northern county, but slightly increased in south.
A third scenario would reduce time by moving ambulances to the county shop.
“The county shop is out on a highway and an ambulance could get back to Manhattan quicker than one in the city trying to get through city traffic,” said Adams, “We could reduce the call volume at Station 1 by 902 calls and would be more responsive than back in Manhattan.
Finally, a fourth scenario would add a new crew of six people to the fleet and be housed in the City of Riley. Adams said for housing they looked at two options; expanding and renovating the firehouse in Riley or building a new station or administrative building in the city shops.
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