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Fire Chief Reports that EMS Response Times Dropped by 45-Seconds

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

City ambulance response times have improved dramatically, according to the results of a new EMS review delivered to City Council by Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha.

"I'm happy to report that we've been able to decrease the average call volume to the units," Rocha said. "We've actually seen a reduction in response time, and this response time reflects the dress out time and the travel time, from around six minutes and 42 seconds for our ambulances to five minutes and 57 seconds. So we're very happy with the decrease in response time."

Councilman David Loeb said the purchase of two new ambulances this summer was the biggest source of conflict in the department's budget.

"There were a lot of allegations that what we and the fire chief and the city manager or the majority of City Council wanted to do was not going to be effective, and after just a couple of months, we see that it's led to a 45-second drop in average EMS response times citywide, which is a huge change," Loeb said. "And it's actually improved EMS services all over the city."

The fire chief said his next goal is to increase staffing levels for fire engines to four-man crews.

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