Conti For County Executive? Congress? Council?

| May 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Joanna Conti lost her bid for County Executive last November. She was named the Chairwoman of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Anne Arundel County Public Schools and has taken the bull by the horns identifying the issues that matter to the parents.

We were surprised to see that she is forming a “task force” to study the response times of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department’s response time for its ambulances. Even more curious, she has the Annapolis Fire Department acting in an advisory role, yet no input (to date) from Anne Arundel County. The news release (with a good headline) appears to be a campaign piece as it is “By Authority of Conti for Our County, Charlene B. Weston, Treasurer.”

Has the 2014 election season started this early?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2011

For more information, contact:

Rhonda Ellis, Media Representative

(410) 280-1932; [email protected]

County Ambulance Response Times
Far Exceed National Standards
Task Force Being Formed

A recent analysis by Joanna Conti, the 2010 Anne Arundel County Executive Democratic Nominee, shows that ambulances in Anne Arundel County are taking far longer to arrive than national standards require.

“For the majority of calls, this slow response is probably not critical,” says Conti.  “However, if your child is choking or your spouse is having a heart attack, these delays could make the difference between life and death.”

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets a series of standards regarding dispatch and ambulance arrival times, none of which are being met in Anne Arundel County.  For example, the NFPA requires that an ambulance dispatch order be sent within 60 seconds of receipt of a 911 call 90% of the time.  Anne Arundel County is dispatching within 60 seconds only 3.3% of the time.  Separately, AAC has first responder medical personnel on scene with an automatic external defibrillator within 5 minutes of dispatch 42% of the time, well below the 90% standard set by the NFPA.

Combining standards, the NFPA requires that first responders arrive on scene within 6 minutes of a 911 call 90% of the time.  In the fourth quarter of 2010, AAC first responders arrived on scene within 6 minutes only 20.7% of the time.  First responders were on scene 90% of the time within 12.5 minutes, an interval more than twice the standard.

Conti is in the process of forming a task force of key stakeholders.

“Our hard-working emergency medical personnel are responding to the best of their abilities to 157 calls per day for medical assistance.  My belief is that the task force will be able to identify inexpensive, systemic solutions which fairly dramatically speed up ambulance response times,” says Conti.  “Top emergency room physicians and nurses from the two major Anne Arundel County hospitals have agreed to be involved in the task force, the Annapolis Fire Department has agreed to meet with the task force in an advisory role, and we have requested the participation of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.”

More than 14,000 ambulance calls during the fourth quarter of 2010 were analyzed using data provided by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department under a Public Information Act request.  The analysis is available at www.AACAmbulanceResponse.com.

By Authority of Conti for Our County, Charlene B. Weston, Treasurer

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Disclosure: Conti advertised with Eye On Annapolis during the 2010 election cycle

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