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DeKalb’s ambulance contract extended through September

DeKalb County’s contract with controversial ambulance provider American Medical Response was supposed to expire June 30, but the county has extended that contract through September. County officials say an evaluation committee needs more time to review bids before a new contract can be awarded. Dunwoody has expressed its concerns with AMR’s slow response times that […]

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No opening date set for Brookhaven EMS ‘hub’; mayor knocks Dunwoody’s quest for new zone

A new emergency medical services “hub” in Brookhaven that is expected to improve ambulance response times in north DeKalb County was recently unveiled, but a date when it will open remains unclear. The new ambulance station on Buford Highway was part of a deal brokered between Brookhaven and DeKalb County last year after some cities, […]

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DeKalb Fire adds unit to Dunwoody in attempt to improve medical response times

Dunwoody will be the home to a new DeKalb Fire Rescue Department “rapid response vehicle” as part of the county’s strategy to improve emergency response times in the city and throughout the county. The trucks are staffed by medically certified firefighters who can treat patients with small or life-threatening injuries while also having some capabilities […]

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Dunwoody’s request for separate EMS zone dismissed by state subcommittee

The city of Dunwoody’s quest to break off from DeKalb County to create its own emergency medical services zone hit a wall July 18 when the state subcommittee tasked with reviewing the county’s EMS system and ambulance response times said that decision is out of its hands, despite what city officials originally thought when the […]

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Brookhaven finishes renovations for new ambulance station on Buford Highway

The city of Brookhaven has finished renovations of a former QuikTrip gas station building on Buford Highway that is expected to become a new DeKalb County ambulance station. City and county officials along with representatives from American Medical Response, the county’s current contracted ambulance provider, recently toured the building at 3292 Buford Highway. AMR is […]

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DeKalb County starts ‘Nurse Navigator Program’ to improve ambulance response times

DeKalb County started a new program Oct. 1 that aims to improve ambulance response times and hospital waits by offering advice to non-emergency patients, according to a press release. The Nurse Navigator Program is in partnership with American Medical Response, according to the release. Calls to 911 may be transferred to a “nurse navigator” if […]

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Sandy Springs may add three ambulances to meet demand, suggests other cities consider tactic

Sandy Springs is considering adding three ambulances to its next contract with provider American Medical Response to keep up with demand and continue meeting response time targets. Fire Chief Keith Sanders encouraged other cities that have problems with response times to take up its strategy of paying more for additional ambulances. AMR is the same […]

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Dunwoody officials raise questions about response times in DeKalb ambulance bid

Some Dunwoody officials are questioning the response times for critical and non-emergency ambulance calls included in a bid for an ambulance provider that are slower than response times the city and county contractually agreed to last year. The county’s five-year contract with American Medical Response expired Dec. 31 and is being extended on a month-to-month […]

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DeKalb reports mixed results with Dunwoody ambulance response times

Ambulance response times in Dunwoody for November and December showed mixed results, according to a report from DeKalb County. An agreement reached in October between Mayor Denis Shortal and DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond created tiered response times. Basic life support calls, or BLS calls, require EMTs and 90 percent of those calls should be responded […]