Dear Editor (Times Newsweekly),
Where is an ambulance when you need one? Twenty-five minutes away, that's where.
Last week, my child had a seizure. I called 911 for an ambulance, which took 25 minutes to arrive.
Thank God the first-due fire engine company was here within four minutes. They started my child on oxygen and monitored his vitals until the ambulance arrived 21 minutes later.
I am so glad the company wasn't closed due to the budget cuts, which is part of the reason why it took so long for an ambulance to come.
If the ambulances previously run by Catholic Medical Centers were out on the streets, my wait time wouldn't have been that long. Due to the closure of St. John's and Mary Immaculate hospitals, we are short 11 ambulances.
I learned from an FDNY employee that my 911 call went in at 8:45 p.m., and one EMS unit wasn't assigned until 8:54 p.m., a nine minute delay. A second EMS unit wasn't assigned until 9:01 p.m.
Why was there this delay?
Both ambulances arrived at the same time. The medics who arrived at my home told me that they had come from Erskine Street and the Belt Parkway near Spring Creek in Brooklyn. I live in Ridgewood.
Where were all of our Queens ambulances?
When it comes to needing an ambulance, every second counts. The longer the wait, the more critical a patient can become.
When will our city and state realize that cutting services from our civil servants isn't the answer? Maybe when, God forbid, it is them or their families that needs the help, they will see the error of their ways.