It was such a special occasion, there was even a ceremony to mark the new EMS (Emergency Medical Service) for the Shelby County Fire Department (SCFD) started this year.
The twelve new ambulances were dedicated Feb. 2 at Fire Department headquarters at 1075 Mullins Station Road with Chief Alvin D. Benson who shared numbers on the first month of County ambulance service.
Brent W. Perkins, SCFD public information officer, said not every fire department can start its own EMS. “It’s been almost 50 years for the Shelby County Fire Department and now we are able to do our own,” he said.
He provided January 2017 figures compared to 2016 (with AMR – American Medical Response) and said,” The figures are very indicative of the trend we hope to maintain.”
Number of EMS responses for January 2017: 936
Ambulance response time requirement – unincorporated Shelby County
10 minutes and 30 seconds for 90% of all responses
January 2017 result:
10 minutes and 30 seconds for 92.07% of all responses
Ambulance response time requirement – Arlington Lakeland, Millington
9 minutes and 0 seconds for 90% of all responses
January 2017 result:
9 minutes and 0 seconds for 95.25% of all responses
10 minutes and 30 seconds for 90.84% of all responses – unincorporated Shelby County
9 minutes and 0 seconds for 93.64% of all responses – Arlington, Lakeland, Millington
January – December 2016 average:
10 minutes and 30 seconds for 91.64% of all responses – unincorporated Shelby County
9 minutes and 0 seconds for 94.84% of all responses – Arlington, Lakeland, Millington
Mr. Perkins said the County Fire Department covers 785 square miles with seven fire departments. Within Lakeland, Millington, Arlington and unincorporated Shelby County, the area is
380 square miles.
He reminded citizens to “pull to the right” for sirens and lights. “They may be coming to your home,” he said.
“And don’t hesitate to call 911 if you have an emergency. That’s what we’re here for. If you wait, something could go out of control and it would be too late. If you think it’s an emergency, please call.”
… photos courtesy of SCFD.