KCFD lags on ambulance response times

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ambulance response times were a topic of heated debate at the Kansas City Council meeting.

The goal is to respond to 90 percent of life-threatening emergencies in nine minutes or less.

Currently, Kansas City ambulances only do that 78 percent of the time.

Kansas City Fire Department officials said they're running as efficiently as they can - but some council members said that's not good enough.

"The department was coming much closer to meeting it until they changed this dispatching protocol where they ask more questions," said council member John Sharp. "That's added about a minute to the response times and, I think that was a questionable decision."

The council is also looking into ambulance workloads during their 24-hour shifts.

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