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WASTE WATCH: Escambia Co EMS Quick Response Vehicle

ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  It's subtraction by addition.
Escambia County Emergency Medical Services is saving money with a new program that could also help save lives.

We're all familiar with the traditional ambulance, but this is something new.

This is the Quick Response Vehicle.
It's part of a new program in Escambia County... A program that's saving some money.

When it comes to emergency response situations... Every second counts.
Gary Straughn: "A lot of times we'll be a little bit closer than what the ambulance will, or what the fire department may be. So when we get there we've got the equipment we need to go ahead and start if it needs some Advanced Life Support."

Escambia County EMS came up with an idea for a new pilot program...
Taking two SUV's they already have...
Outfitting them as quick response vehicles...
Staffed with a paramedic and an EMT...
Equipped to do just about everything but transport patients...

Pat Kostic: "By doing that it will help EMS with response times, and also starting treatment quicker for the citizens of the county. And then our ambulances, when they arrive on the scene they can have shorter scene times, and get the patient to the hospital. That was a big benefit for us."

The QRV program not only saves time... And lives...
There is also a monetary savings for the county... More than ten thousand dollars so far.

Pat Kostic: "It costs about five dollars a mile to run that first response vehicle, versus somewhere up around 25 dollars a mile for a fire truck to run to a call. And so if they average about five miles a call, you can quickly see it adds up to a lot of money to run that."

It's still early, but after two months the initial numbers look good and the plan is to expand the QRV program going forward.