Residents of Los Angeles, California, may be left waiting for a response for city firefighters when nearby crews from Los Angeles County could have responded to their emergencies faster.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/XalZD1) that a 30-year-old plan to link up the dispatch systems of the two neighboring agencies was never implemented.
The Times report cites the case of a 59-year-old resident who died after a medical event while waiting for help from paramedics three miles away from her home even as responders in an L.A. County station were available just a mile away from the scene. It took more than 10 minutes for Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics to reach the female victim, who went into cardiac arrest and died at a hospital.
The city and county fire agencies agreed in 1979 to link their dispatching operations to save lives and cut costs.
Read more about the situation at http://lat.ms/XalZD1.