Leon County EMS: One Month Later

The county issued a one-month report card Friday, and it appears its system of roving paramedics is working even better than expected.

The wreck near the corner of Pensacola and Appleyard brought Leon County paramedics to the scene.

A report on Leon County's first month behind the wheel shows response times to emergency calls like this was 13 minutes or less 90-percent of the time.

"We have the ambulances stationed more strategically throughout the entire county. The hospital had them around the urban areas more, but we've got them as far away as Woodville and Fort Braden, places like that. That cuts down on response times tremendously,” says Larry Campbell, Leon County Sheriff.

In January, Leon County EMS responded to 2083 calls.

Dispatcher Franklin Parker used to work at TMH, and is now keeping tabs on every ambulance in the county via this computer.

"We have a quicker response times, we have more trucks on the road, so it's definitely an improvement to what we had before,” Parker shares.

The key to Leon County’s early success may be its strategy of posting ambulances in spots all over the county. Paramedics roam within their zone and wait to answer calls nearby.

"Calls do come in and generally once we complete a call we go to a different zone. So we're always moving around and it benefits people for the most part,” adds EMT John Gay.

Leon County has 78 paramedics and EMTs. Tallahassee firefighters add to that force. A recently signed deal allows them to provide advanced life support service within the city limits.