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Dover Works to Improve Ambulance Response Times

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DOVER, Del.- The response time for an ambulance to get to residents in an emergency may be getting quicker in Dover. The city's ambulance service has moved to a more central location.

The city has moved the Primecare Medical Transport Facility from Horsepond Road in east Dover to Fulton Street near downtown. City officials say the move could shave off two to four minutes from response times for calls in west Dover.

Mayor Carleton Carey said, "When you have a critical injury or heart attack, or serious injury when you have severe bleeding, it makes a big difference in a couple of minutes it takes to get there."

The move is comforting for residents who live near the center of the city.

"I think it's a good idea for them to be in the center of Dover. That way they can get to everyone in a much quicker time and manner," said Denise Whack of Dover. 

After residents called for a more central location for emergency services, the city took action. The owner of Primecare says quicker response times help EMT's and the public.

Primecare said the average response time for a call in the city is seven to eight minutes.

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