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Simpson County 911 office received 1342 911 calls for the previous month. The calls are up 15% from this time last year. ASAP (ambulance service) had 443 calls. A total of 347 calls were transport calls. The average response time for the ambulances is fourteen minutes and 58 seconds (14:58). The average wait time at the hospitals are Simpson General – 1:16 and Magee General Hospital :49. according to John Kilpatrick, EOC, briefing with the Simpson County Board of Supervisors.
Kilpatrick advised Mendenhall Fire department was working on some volunteers becoming EMT trained. With the training, the fire department will be able to assist with medical calls in the future.
Kilpatrick advised 0 structural fires were reported in the county last month. Personal Protective Equipment has been distributed to each fire station.
Presently, county building are being fogged to help prevent the spread of the virus. Kilpatrick reported a large number had quarantine from the school but there was only one positive case involved.
According to Kilpatrick, “the county was lucky dogging a bullet with the last storm and the present one (Sally) in the gulf. One storm went left of the state and the other storm is going right.” The southern part of the state will see heavy rainfall but the central and northern counties will see little to no rain.
(Below is an interview with John Kilpatrick and Sue Honea which was conducted on Monday, September 14, 2020.)
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