By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
LifeNet ambulance service has an extra minute to reach rural calls. Wednesday, the Western Payne County Ambulance Authority Board of Trustees decided 16 minutes would be the new standard.
LifeNet Operations Director Michael Authement said the previous rural response time goal, approximately 15 minutes, was set without any data for the area.
The ambulance trust has two years of service data available. The previous rural response time was determined to be unreasonable, said Trustee Gary Clark.
“We are pleased with the increase,” Authement said, noting that responders will continue to go to calls as quickly as possible.
According to LifeNet data, rural emergency response time compliance with the 15 minute standard was 83 percent in December and 88.7 percent in January. LifeNet has a goal of hitting 90 percent compliance which it is well above within Stillwater’s city limits.