Sys­tem has been in place

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION - J. Dobb, Belleville

(Re: Pi­lot project would re­duce am­bu­lance du­pli­ca­tion, March 15 edi­tion)

Mr. Socha is cor­rect in say­ing that they can’t see the am­bu­lances be­tween dis­patch cen­ters; how­ever, the way he says it is a bit mis­lead­ing.

When there is a call on the border be­tween two ser­vices the call is “call shared” and then ETA are pro­vided with a cou­ple of min­utes. Once the clos­est ve­hi­cle is de­ter­mined, the one with the longer ETA is can­celled. Both crews don’t run the call un­til some­one gets on scene.

The process works and only takes a few min­utes. Be­ing able to see the other CACC’s ve­hi­cles re­ally isn’t nec­es­sary as an­other ser­vice just can’t drop the call on the other CACC’s ve­hi­cle in their area, they would still have to be no­ti­fied that they have the clos­est ve­hi­cle to run the call.

This “trend­set­ting” idea is al­ready be­ing done and has been for some time.

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