Flint works to reduce long ambulance wait times
The city of Flint is partnering with private ambulance companies in hopes of reducing long wait times.
City officials say 20 and 30 minute wait times for an ambulance are not unusual in Flint.
Sheldon Banks owns one of the two local ambulance firms partnering with the city of Flint.
He says they’ll need time to figure out how to significantly reduce ambulance response times.
“This is really putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. But as we grow, I see the response times decreasing significantly.” said Banks.
The private firms will stage their vehicles at Flint fire stations and police mini-stations scattered in the city neighborhoods to make them more operationally and financially sustainable.