The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department shared data demonstrating that it has made strides in the past four months to reduce the time it takes to respond to calls, reports Washington Post.
According to statistics compiled by FEMS, the response time for critical medical calls fell under the targeted time in 92 percent of cases in June, up from 84 percent in February and exceeding the department’s goal of reaching 90 percent of critical situations within six minutes and 30 seconds.
The average response time for those calls, which represent about half of the 400 daily calls for medical service, also dropped, from five minutes and three seconds in February to four minutes and two seconds in June.
The department has come under attack for slow response times for years. In February, the statistics released, response times were on the upswing compared to 2012 averages.
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