“We are talking about a service in which every minute can be the difference between life and death,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a statement. “They not only meet the response times, but also many times beat them. Rural/Metro has done a phenomenal job of saving lives in Sandy Springs.”
Under the agreement, Rural/Metro must dedicate three full-time, 24-hour ambulances and two ambulances in the city for 12 hours a day during peak hours. Rural/Metro also must meet an eight-minute response time on all emergency calls and a 15-minute response time on all non-emergency calls 90 percent of the time. In 2013, it responded to 9,415 calls for emergency medical service with an average response time of 6 minutes, 49 seconds.
In approving the contract, the council elected to decrease the city’s annual subsidy for service. The city currently pays an annual $450,000 in annual added support. Under the new agreement, the city will pay Rural/Metro $120,000 annually to ensure the current dedication of staffing, equipment and response time. Patients who use the EMS services will see an increase in fees for those services; however, the cost for EMS care remains below similar services among other North Fulton municipalities.
Information: (770) 730-5600 or www.sandyspringsga.gov