Southampton Ambulance Chief Richard Fowler told the Southampton Village Board on Tuesday that he hopes to get a new headquarters and hire an overnight EMT to cut back response times.
According to Village Mayor Mark Epley, the company has grown exponentially, from approximately 15 members when he first took office to more than 50 now. He said he hopes the village will be able to help them get bigger accommodations soon. The overnight employee, he said, is a new proposal, but will help keep village residents safe overnight.
“It’s not a bad idea,” Mr. Epley said on Wednesday. “And if it saves even one life then it is worth every penny.”
Currently, the village pays for one certified advanced life support EMT to be on duty every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. During that time, the village ambulance has a response time of under four minutes. However, to date the village has not had an overnight employee, increasing response times to as much as 15 minutes.
“They need a new facility, and they are good guys with good leadership,” Mr. Epley said.