Atlanta resident concerned over ambulance response times
ATLANTA - An Atlanta taxpayer is ready to get behind a call by the fire chief to purchase and run a new ambulance service.
Mridulaa Puri contacted FOX 5 after seeing the report on the concerns raised by Randall Slaughter.
The chief spoke about his firefighters, on more than a couple of occasions, having to wait as much as an hour for an ambulance to arrive at a medical call.
Ms. Puri said that happened to her husband, Surinder. She said he suddenly became ill. The call was placed to Atlanta 911.
Sign up for FOX 5 email alerts
Firefighters were the first to get to the home. She estimates it took around ten minutes.
Where was the ambulance? That is a question she said she asked and so did the firefighters as more than a half-hour came and went with still no transport.
For the portion of Atlanta where the Puri's have their home, a private ambulance company is used. She was told they had to come from the edge of Stone Mountain, a considerable distance away.
WATCH: FOX 5 Atlanta live news coverage
She said her husband had lapsed into a coma by the time he was placed in the ambulance. Later, she would learn her husband suffered from a serious infection.
Slaughter wants city leaders to purchase thirty ambulances to cover all portions of the city.
Download the FOX 5 Atlanta app for breaking news and weather alerts.