The Madison Fire Department characterized the city’s need for another ambulance as “urgent” Monday.
“We’ve asked for the last several budget cycles for an additional ambulance,” Chief Steve Davis told 27 News Monday evening.
In a post on the fire chief’s blog, the Madison Fire Department lays out why city alders should approve the purchase of a ninth ambulance. The new vehicle’s home would be Fire Station 14 on Madison’s far southeast side near Femrite Drive.
Ambulances can reach most addresses in the city in under nine minutes the vast majority of the time. However, around Fire Station 14, the chance of an ambulance arriving that quickly is almost 50/50. “When you’re confronting a health crisis like a traumatic injury, stroke or heart attack, this statistic is simply unacceptable,” the post says.