Ambulance service at odds with Marshall improvements

By From page A7 | October 12, 2012


Marshall Hospital is to be congratulated on its new trauma center and emergency room. Just what the community needs! However, it makes no sense to reduce ambulance service at the very time that Marshall Hospital services improve. The half-day ambulance at Station 25 by the Post Office in downtown Placerville is scheduled to be discontinued. What are they thinking? Are they thinking? Discontinuing that ambulance will increase response times throughout the Placerville and adjacent area. We are often reminded that when an emergency happens, there is a “Golden Hour” for receiving medical help that is very often the difference between survival and death. With a new trauma and emergency center now closer, and able to use that “Golden Hour,” why would we reduce ambulance service and lose some or all of that “Golden Hour?” The ambulance service at Fire Station 25 needs to stay in service. It is not sitting idle now, it provides a valuable service, and it needs to continue.


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