Kansas City, Mo. - The head of the Firefighters Union in Kansas City, Mo., will speak before the Public Safety Committee Wednesday about emergency response times and a new action plan.
Over the last several months, emergency responders have been working on ways to improve response times.
The goal is to respond to 90% of life-threatening emergencies in nine minutes or less. Currently, Kansas City emergency responders accomplish that 78% of the time.
The department has been exploring ways to free up paramedics and ambulances to concentrate on the most serious calls, while sending fire trucks and less fully equipped ambulances to the lower priority calls that can sometimes swamp the system.
The department is exploring four different pilot projects. We expect to learn more in a meeting scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
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