Mount Vernon ambulance system prepares for upgrade

  • Source: Skagit Valley Herald (
  • Published: 02/08/2019 06:41 AM

With the transition to city control behind them, stakeholders in the Skagit County ambulance system are looking forward to a technological transition. Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Sargent said the county is about a year and a half away from implementing Quickest Route, a program that tracks ambulances in real time and dispatches them to the closest 911 calls. However, at a stakeholder meeting Thursday, he said his department is relying heavily on the county’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department and it’s running into a bottleneck because there aren’t enough staff members to handle the work. “We’re putting a ridiculous amount of pressure on a system that’s already pretty taxed,” he said.


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