Improve Ambulance Response Times in Simsbury, CT staffing full-time 2nd Ambulance and EMTs

Improve Ambulance Response Times in Simsbury, CT staffing full-time 2nd Ambulance and EMTs

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Carl Meyer started this petition to Simsbury Town Manager and

When the Simsbury ambulance is dispatched the average dispatch to arrival time in Simsbury for priority calls is 7 minutes. But for the first quarter of 2021 the average response time into Simsbury from a mutual aid Town averages out to be 15 minutes, and Mutual Aid has been coming into Simsbury an average of 35 calls per month, or approximately 19% of the calls.  It isn't safe nor reasonable to wait 15 or more minutes for mutual aid when Simsbury has the ability to staff its two existing ambulances.

Our town deserves the best emergency service. Anything over an 8 minute response time is unacceptable as it is the difference between life, death and permanent disability, absent any major catastrophic event like hurricane, trees down and safety of responding crew. Evidence based emergency care and successful outcome directly correlate to response time with poorer outcome occurring when the response time extends beyond 8 minutes.

We only staff one ambulance for the whole town two-thirds of the time. We need to immediately staff our two ambulances ALL the time. We appreciate the steps that they are taking to review the numbers and then staff appropriately, but that is reactive and the importance of this issue calls for proactive solutions.  It's okay if our EMTs are not maxxed out 100% of the time. What's vital is that they're there when we need them.  It's a critical function at a very small cost.

Simsbury must also meet with mutual aid towns right away to ensure appropriate/equivalent staffing agreements, otherwise Simsbury should adjust which level of priority calls that Simsbury will assist with.

If we are dependent on hard-found volunteers then we need to meet the times and Pay for more EMTs.

If the above requires authority or increased funding (SO negligible as a percent of our taxes) then that funding must be provided Immediately, Not in a future budget year.

If present authorities and/or contractual wording must be modified to make the above happen then that must be cut through NOW, not in months.

We have an ambulance service designed for an earlier and much smaller town.  Right-sizing the system will prevent avoidable fatalities and permanent disabilities, and save lives.

Carl Meyer and Christine Trafficante, Residents

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