System has been in place
(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.