Stillwater News Press

May 15, 2013

Rescue service hitting rural response time goals

By Russell Hixson
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — LifeNet ambulances are hitting all their rural time goals since extending the target time by one minute, data shows.

Responders were considered late if they arrived after 14 minutes and 59 seconds. That time was extended in March to 15 minutes and 59 seconds as the old goal was determined to be unreasonable.

LifeNet has a goal of getting 90 percent of calls within the response time goal.

Other steps to reduce rural response times are also beginning to take shape.

Two new paramedics hired last month have finished their training this week and in the next few weeks a station will be established in Perkins to cut response times to that area of the county.

Trust members looked over the later rural response times for April.

One call which occurred just northeast of Stillwater, significantly closer than the others, caught board members’ attention. LifeNet officials explained several entrances to the gated community were locked.

LifeNet officials later determined they were locked by the property owner.

The board also was notified by Treasurer Bill Sasser that he would be resigning from the trust. Sasser said he is turning 70 and feels it is time to move on and let some new blood in.