RALEIGH, NC (WGHP) – In response to a request for resources submitted to FEMA, North Carolina received 25 Advanced Life Support ambulances, each with a two-person crew from EMS providers, according to a press release from North Carolina Department of Public Security.
Ambulances and crews have been assigned to help emergency medical systems in nine counties that are experiencing a dramatic increase in calls for service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These ambulances and crews will provide much needed relief to our extremely busy EMS systems,” said Will Ray, director of emergency management for North Carolina. “While not the full complement that we requested, we know medical resources are currently extremely limited across the country, and we are grateful for this assistance from our federal partners. “
Ambulances arrived in North Carolina late yesterday and crews received personal protective equipment and communications equipment today. Most will start working for their assigned counties tomorrow.
The number of ambulance teams assigned to each county is as follows:
Brunswick County: 2
Franklin County: 2
Graham County: 2
Guilford County: 3
Mâcon County: 2
Mecklenburg County: 5
New Hanover County: 4
Pender County: 2
Robeson County: 3
Ambulance teams will remain assigned to these counties for 10 days. After this period, the needs will be reassessed to see if any changes are necessary.
North Carolina submitted a request to FEMA on September 10 for 40 Advanced Life Support ambulances and crews and 10 Basic Life Support. These 25 ambulances and crews were provided in response to this request.
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