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Sunday, August 10, 2003

Westport Helps Busy Norwalk Ambulance

Westport Helps Busy Norwalk Ambulance Service
Norwalk relies on emergency medical service operations in neighboring towns, including Westport, to respond to 911 calls more than any other local municipality, according to a report in todays The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk.

It said one of the services it relies on most Җ Darien has a mutual-aid response time slower than the statewide average, according to state health data.

The Advocate, in a story headlined “Ambulances called too slow,” said Norwalk officials were seeking ways to improve the situation which undoubtedly would be more costly.

Norwalk EMS, based at and operated by Norwalk Hospital, passed along 911 calls to neighboring EMS providers 155 times in 2002—three times more than Stamford did, according to the report.

According to statistics compiled by the state Department of Public Health, Norwalk called for out-of-town medical assistance from Darien 90 times and Westport 70 times. During the same period, Stamford requested help 47 times, the newspaper said.

The towns have a mutual-aid agreement with the city to provide emergency assistance when it is overwhelmed by one or more separate, concurrent incidents.

However, it often can take much longer for responders from outside the city to arrive. Darien EMS Post 53 had an average response time of 16.65 minutes, while Westport EMS’ response was 6.2 minutes for mutual-aid calls, according to the state report.

In Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport and Wilton, emergency medical services called for mutual aid less than 12 times in 2002, the newspaper said.

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