Dunwoody will receive two new ambulances staffed 24 hours a day after a subcommittee of the Region III Emergency Medical Services committee began looking into DeKalb County’s contract with American Medical Response, the ambulance provider.
Dunwoody’s city council declared an “EMS emergency” this summer after studying ambulance response times far worse than the national standard. The city has been seeking its own EMS district or one shared with Doraville. The Region III EMS council, a state body, heard the case and appointed the subcommittee.
DeKalb Fire Chief Darnell Fullum found himself under polite fire from all the subcommittee members Thursday as he explained the decision to station ambulances at two Dunwoody fire stations. At a previous meeting a consultant had said, “Response times don’t matter.” It was clear committee members didn’t agree.