Public safety committee gets update from new ambulance service

Public safety committee gets update from new ambulance

CARLINVILLE (July 19, 2018) – Josh Ross, EMS Director of the Gillespie-Benld Area Ambulance Service, updated the Carlinville Public Safety Committee Wednesday night after their first two weeks of service in Carlinville.

GBAAS began offering service in Carlinville July 1 to provide additional medical care. They have two ambulance stationed at the Carlinville Fire Protection District.

“Things are going exceedingly well,” said Ross. We are pleased with the way things are going.”

Staffing has not been an issue.

“As far as quality and quantity, it’s probably the best we’ve had in 30 years,” Ross said of the staff.

Through July 11, GBAAS has responded to 18 9-1-1 calls, and 33 combined calls. The average time for 9-1-1 calls has averaged one minute, 40 seconds, with a benchmark goal of two minutes from dispatched to the scene.

For transfers, the benchmark goal is five minutes from the call. Thus far, the response time has been three minutes, nine seconds.

Combined of the 33 responded calls, the average time has been at 2:19.

Another unit has been able to come and cover when both of the housed units have been busy with calls.

CEMA Coordinator Aaron Shipley said they are still waiting on bids for the replacement of the city hall siren this year.

Once the bids comes in, it will take around four months to build it and install it, Shipley added.