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Emergency vehicle OK’d for Ma‘alaea

May 9, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - A recently approved 24-hour, rapid response vehicle based in Ma'alaea may help emergency medical technicians in West and South Maui districts cut response times significantly and better prioritize their resources, state officials said. If approved by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the county will receive state funding for a special emergency medical response vehicle equipped with "appropriate life-saving, emergency response equipment and staffed by a state-certified paramedic," according to the bill.

Calls for out-of-district responses by EMT units, especially in West and South Maui, have increased 25 percent over the past four years, according to the bill. There are currently two ambulances in West Maui and two in South Maui, and it may take 45 minutes or more to transport a patient to the hospital if the responding EMTs must travel from an out-of-district location, according to the bill.

"There's only two [EMT] units in West Maui and two in South Maui, so if all units are out, then you're left uncovered," said Sen. Roz Baker.

Baker added that having this rapid response vehicle would allow the other units to better prioritize their resources--if a caller just needed medical attention and did not need to be transported to a hospital, the rapid response unit could be sent instead of an EMT unit.



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