The Austin EMS Association is worried there aren’t enough ambulances in the city to quickly respond to emergencies. Leadership representing the medics of Austin/Travis County EMS said they were disappointed they didn’t see any new vehicles in the budget released on Monday.
“We are seeing at least 50 calls per day that are related to COVID-19,” said Austin EMS Association President Selena Xie.
Xie said at one point last Friday, 32 of the 33 ambulances in the entire county were unavailable. They were either in service, being decontaminated or going to the hospital.
She said the pandemic has led to a higher call volume and long response times. Medics also have to spend more time dealing with PPE issues and heat exhaustion brought on by the extra equipment.
“We are starting to see where each sector completely runs out of ambulances and that’s going to keep happening more and more as it gets hotter and as COVID continues to really hit Austin hard,” Xie said.