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Beaufort County ambulance crews have shaved about a minute off the average time it takes them to depart after getting an emergency call, county EMS director Donna Ownby says.
On average, EMS units needed about 2 minutes, 9 seconds to leave their stations in 2010.
Now, after the county emphasized the importance of getting out the door quickly, the average time is 1 minute, 1 second, Ownby said.
Other initiatives could shorten response times further.
In July 2010, after several incidents raised questions about the quality and speed of the county's EMS care, Beaufort County Council commissioned a $225,000 review of policies and procedures.
Consultants with CRA of Alexandria, Va. wrote in their report, released in March, that the county provides "a sound level of service."
But they also recommended dozens of changes.
Now, about nine months later, many have been made, Ownby and county emergency management director Todd Ferguson told the council's Governmental Committee on Tuesday.
Other recommendations are currently being adopted or reviewed:
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