Leon County EMS Expanding

Leon County ambulances are spending a lot more time on the road. EMS Chief Tom Quillin says call volume went up nine percent last year, and transport going up 17 percent.

"They go through a lot of engine hours providing services to the community."

To keep up with demand, the county recently added three new ambulances and a fourth is on the way next month.

"It's made a tremendous difference."

It's been a little more than two years since the county took over the EMS service from Tallahassee Memorial.

Chief Quillin adds, “We have more units on the road at any particular time of day than the old system at TMH."

In addition to the new ambulances, county EMS is also adding lifesaving technology.

Deputy Chief of Operations Mac Kemp says, "We just added C-Pap. It helps people breathe, a very important technology. It really makes a huge difference for people in respiratory distress."

With increasing demand, Chief Quillin says he'll have to expand his staff of paramedics. That goes before the county commission later this year.