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  • Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Ambulance report for December, week ending Jan. 22

MOUND CITY – American Medical Response (AMR) Supervisor Galen Anderson reported the figures for the week ending Jan. 22 and for the month of December 2022 to the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, Jan. 23.

Anderson reported the total calls for December were 104 and 58 transports with an overall response time of 13 minutes, 45 seconds. Two patients were transferred out by helicopter. One was for a suspected stroke and one was a suspected heart attack.

By city, the numbers are:

• One call that did not fit in a specific city resulting in one transport

• Blue Mound, 5 calls, 3 transports

• Centerville, 10 calls, 4 transports

• Fontana, 1 call, 1 transport

• La Cygne, 19 calls, 8 transports

• Linn Valley, 5 calls, 2 transports

• Mound City, 22 calls, 14 transports

• Parker, 8 calls, 4 transports

• Pleasanton, 31 calls, 20 transports • Prescott, 2 calls, 1 transport

The breakdown for commission districts are:

• District 1, 26 calls, 12 transports, average response time 9 minutes 51


• District 2, 42 calls, 27 transports, 10 minutes, 18 seconds

• District 3, 35 calls, 18 transports, 20 minutes, 34 seconds

Anderson explained that in District 3, the time is average out between when the supervisor arrives and when the transporting ambulance arrives. For example, the supervisor arrives in 10 minutes and the ambulance arrives in 20 minutes so the reported time is 15 minutes or the average of the two.

Anderson said that there were 16 transports for the week ending Jan. 22. For the month of January, there have been 28.

Anderson told the commissioners that the only position left to fill in Linn County is for a full-time paramedic.

Commissioner Jim Johnson asked if the staffing problem was companywide everywhere.

Anderson replied that there were approximately 20 openings for AMR in the Kansas City area and other agencies had dozens of positions open. Anderson said that was even true for up in the city where there were several colleges graduating students with emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic degrees.

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