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Residents: West Ocean City Needs its Own EMS Service

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WEST OCEAN CITY, Md.- When it comes to a life or death situation, every moment counts. That is why Ella Hubberman West Ocean City said the area needs its very own EMS service.

"You feel very secure when they are around," said Hubberman. "Especially at my age and my husband age. We have a few health issues. So it's comforting. "

According to Ocean City response time statistics, medical emergencies in West Ocean City wait 2 minutes and 13 seconds longer for an ambulance to arrive than those living in O.C.

For people on the west side of town, that's 2 minutes, too long. So they're pushing for a much closer ambulance.

"That would be even better," said Hubberman. "The closer the better."

According to the 2010 census, West O.C. has climbed from 3,000 to more than 5,000 locals.
Some neighbors said that's one heavy workload for just a few paramedics across the bridge.

"The more people come, of course the numbers are growing and the greater the numbers, the more we could use them," said Hubberman.

For years, people living in West Ocean City, like Hubberman, had to rely on Ocean City EMS for emergencies.

Fire officials said Ocean City EMS responds to about 650 calls each year in West Ocean City. In addition, ambulances respond to fire calls, bringing the total for EMS calls over the bridge to about 800 a year.

"Those guys are on tops of everything that's why I think so highly of them," said Hubberman.

West Ocean City locals said they will keep calling on municipal and county officials to bring a working ambulance to their area, so they will no longer have to call across town when minutes can mean life or death.

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