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Ambulance Service In Cumberland County May Need To Dial 911

Posted May 14, 2001 7:49 a.m. EDT

— Cumberland County's ambulance service is on the run.

In the last 10 years, emergency calls have increased by 60 percent. Despite the increase, there are still six ambulances to respond in the county.

Dispatchers are trained to prioritize the calls because money is not available to put more people and units on the road. Misuse of the 911 system, combined with the county's growing and aging population, contributes to the problems.

"We have a lot of older people, contributing to the system and our roadways. Traffic has increased drastically," says Walter Ainsworth, director of Emergency Medical Services.

Emergency services use Quick Response Vehicles to help ease the load. Those vehicles respond with a paramedic who can treat the patient until an ambulance arrives.