GROVE CITY, Pa. (WKBN) – Pennsylvania lawmakers are looking into emergency services across the state.
Tuesday in Grove City, a House committee listened to six people about the problems and asked questions about how they can be fixed.
Mercer County has 48 municipalities, 683 square miles and 45,000 households to provide ambulance service. The county’s public safety director explained how the 911center handles emergency medical dispatch when there aren’t enough ambulances
“Our medical dispatch protocol allows us to hold a call. Now, we can’t say, have your neighbor drive you, but we can say it’s going to be a while until we have an ambulance available to you,” said Mercer County Public Safety Director Frank Jannetti.
The committee also heard about funding problems, staffing shortages, and delayed response times.