Shortage of Ambulances Has Small-town High Schools Concerned 8/17/13
CBS 7 News
GREENWOOD-Greenwood High School is worried they won’t have an ambulance on hand for their Friday night football games.
Greenwood is just one of several small-town high schools who are facing this problem. Now these schools have to turn to private ambulance companies who are limited on vehicles and staff themselves.
Greenwood High School was pumped for their first scrimmage this morning, but Coach Shad Hannah told CBS 7 they almost played without having an ambulance on the field.
“Everybody is having trouble finding employees including everybody we called trying to find an ambulance for our Friday night football games…even our junior high games,” Hannah said.
Parents don’t like the idea of there not being an ambulance one bit.
“Well it concerns me obviously, because you know if something happened to one of our children I would hope that there would be someone here to get them to the hospital in a speedy manner that’s my main concern,” said Jennifer Reyes, Greenwood parent.
Lucky for Greenwood, Carol’s Ambulance, a private service, had not only a vehicle, but EMS’s available.
“Our ambulance service has to cover my hometown plus two small towns that also have football teams, so that’s three ambulances in the county that have to go out,” said Sal Ortiz, Manager of Carol’s Ambulance.
Ortiz says one ambulance is always needed to cover the county for emergency 911 calls, making it harder for these small town high schools.
According to Ortiz, the Midland Fire Department will no longer be covering high school football games, due to the shortage in staff.
If a serious injury were to happen, these small towns would either have to call in a flight team or wait for the nearest ambulance to get there, which could take up to 1 hour.