There are too many medical calls in the city of Albuquerque and not nearly enough paramedics or trucks to handle them. Now, Albuquerque Fire Rescue is asking the state public regulation commission to change the rules so they can help patients.
“We’ve had a significant increase in calls in 5 years, last year ran 90,000 medical calls 110 total calls system here in the City of Albuquerque… it’s just really busy right now,” said Deputy Chief Emily Jaramillo with AFR Emergency Services.
Last year AFR was the twenty-sixth busiest fire department in the country and that’s not per capita. AFR has been working to come up with creative ways to reduce call volume but they’re still overwhelmed.
Now they’re asking the PRC to grant them the ability to transport any patient they choose to the hospital.