Serious Emergencies Where Paramedics Took More Than 10 Minutes to Arrive
Between January and mid-June, 2,952 emergencies in Camden required paramedics to provide advanced life support, such as intubation or providing intravenous fluids. It took more than 10 minutes for them to arrive after being dispatched in 11 percent of the those cases, each one marked by a dot on the map.
For most emergencies, paramedics respond from a station near Virtua Camden in the center of the city. If that unit is tied up, dispatchers summon a squad from Pennsauken or other nearby communities, though response times in such cases were more likely to exceed 10 minutes. [Read the story]
SOURCES: Camden County Public Safety Department; Inquirer analysis
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