by Alan McArthur
The Southern Platte County Ambulance District received an update on response times for the past three months from the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust (MAST), showing on-time responses of 88 percent.
MAST, through contract, provides the ambulance services for South Platte Ambulance District,
The update shows the response times for March, April and May of 2008.
According to the report, there were a total of 76 life-threatening emergency calls to MAST during the three months in the first district of the South Platte entity, and of those 67 were on time. The nine late responses created a total on-time response of 88.16 percent.
During the same period, there were four life-threatening emergency calls in the second district of the ambulance boundaries. The second district covers the area near Farley and the surrounding unincorporated area.
There were a total of 119 non-life threatening emergency calls in the ambulance district and 17 priority 3 calls in the district.
Response times were only provided for life threatening emergency calls in the Southern Platte district.
In the city-wide area, MAST had an on-time percentage of 91.28 for life threatening emergencies and a 95.79 percentage for non-life threatening emergency calls.
MAST covers all of Kansas City and covers Riverside, North Kansas City, and Gladstone.
The ambulance district directors also approved an amendment to the district's contract with MAST, increasing the price by four percent to account for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) provided by the Department of Labor. The district will now pay $442,976.64 per year. During the previous year, the district budgeted $440,137 for the MAST contract.