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The impact of emergency response times

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Updated: May 6, 2014 10:52AM



A University of Buffalo-SUNY study concludes that effective coordination is perhaps the most imperative ingredient for successful emergency response management. That's because superior coordination leads to better response times by police, fire and medical personnel. What kind of impact can those improved efforts have? Here we examine the difference smooth integration of emergency services-and fast response times-can make.

Medical emergencies

Most communities have established standards of eight minutes or less 90 percent of the time for advanced life support systems service, according to EMS World Magazine. Emergency responders who reach the scene quickly save more lives, pure and simple. That's especially true for those who suffer heart attacks, strokes and other medical conditions where precious seconds count.

Fires

With fires, you not only have lives to protect, but also property. Statistics from the National Fire Data Center place the majority of response times at about three to five minutes, during which time more than half of fires can be confined to the room or floor of origin. Once the lives of occupants are secured, firefighters who arrive at the scene swiftly can save both the structure and the property inside.

Natural disasters

Disasters don't often confine themselves to the borders of one village, and in many cases, communications and travel routes can be easily disrupted. Faster response times mean reaching victims who might be trapped under rubble, and initiating rescues while there's still time to act.

Traffic accidents

Serious traffic accidents bring together all the elements of an emergency response team. With improved response times, the accident can be tackled effectively on a number of fronts: rerouting traffic, treating accident victims and mitigating the risk of fire or explosion from the vehicles involved.

Sheriff John Buncich, who is deeply committed to establishing a consolidated 911 Center, has served three four-year terms as Lake County, Ind. Sheriff and is currently running for re-election. For more information about his campaign, visit the Buncich Boosters website.

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