In the last 10 years, emergency calls haveincreased by 60 percent.Despite theincrease, there are still six ambulances torespond in the county.
Dispatchers are trained to prioritize thecalls because money is not available to put morepeople and units on the road.Misuse of the 911 system, combined withthe county's growing and aging population, contributes to theproblems.
"We have a lot of older people, contributing tothe system and our roadways. Traffic hasincreaseddrastically," says Walter Ainsworth, director of Emergency MedicalServices.
Emergency services use Quick ResponseVehicles to help ease the load. Those vehicles respond with a paramedicwho can treat the patient until an ambulance arrives.