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National EMS reports more than 2500 calls in past year
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National EMS, which is the contracted ambulance and emergency medical service provider to Rockdale County, reported its activity from Aug. 2009 to July 2010 to the Board of Commissioners at the Monday work session.

The total monthly number of calls ranged between 670 (Nov. 2009) to 839 (May 2010). The average response time ranged from 7.02 minutes (Sept. 2009) to 7.59 minutes (July 2010).

Call times were at the hightest between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with peak times at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. The lowest times were between 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., with the lowest at 4 a.m.

The reasons for the calls were primarily medical complaints (48.8 percent), followed by trauma (29.8 percent), cardiac complaints (10.5 percent) and respiratory complaints (8.9 percent).

Out of 2979 patient transportations, most of the patients were taken to Rockdale Medical Center (62.9 percent), followed by public assistance (28 percent), a trauma center or other facility (6.9 percent) and Newton Medical Center (2.2 percent).