Austin-Travis County EMS on Wednesday began housing medics inside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to improve response times as a record-high number of passengers are flying in and out.
EMS officials said that due to the increase in call volume to the airport, ambulances were unable to respond to other emergencies in the areas. Chief Robert Luckritz said many options were considered to address the number of calls it receives at the airport and determined that most patients did not need to be taken to a hospital by ambulance.
“We looked at some creative solutions with our partners at AUS and came up with the idea to house paramedics inside the airport,” Luckritz said. “Which will not only dramatically decrease our response time but also lessen the impact these incidents have on our overall system.”