Johnson County Ambulances Responding To Record Number Of Calls

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Paramedics in Johnson County are responding to more calls than ever before.

“Our call volume continues to increase,” said Steve Spenler, director of Johnson County Ambulance Service.

The Ambulance Service call numbers will be presented Thursday as part of a “state of the county” meeting. The numbers reflect the fiscal year running from July 2012 to June 30, 2013.

According to the report the ambulance service responded to 8,718 calls in FY13. That compares to 7,379 in 2011 and 7,785 in 2012.

Spenler said pinpointing the exact cause of the increase isn’t easy. He said increased access to cellphones and better awareness of stroke or heart attack symptoms likely are factors.

Earlier this week Johnson County chairperson Janelle Rettig said the increase also reflects the overall growth of the county.

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