A weekend house fire in Lamar County has county supervisors looking for answers regarding response times for ASAP Ambulance Service.
Around 9 p.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a fully-involved house fire on Martin Luther King Drive in Purvis. According to Lamar County Fire Coordinator George Stevens, firefighters were on scene within minutes, but the ambulance response time was unacceptable.
“It’s not tolerable to have to wait extended periods of time for either air or ground ambulance,” Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits said.
ASAP EMS Ambulance Service is the primary care provider for Lamar County, and provides 911 coverage for Copiah, Jones, Jasper, Lamar, Greene and George Counties.
“The supervisors are interested in having the best service they can for the citizens of Lamar County, in all services that are offered and they are currently looking at the ambulance service and analyzing the contract and the service that ASAP provides, to be certain it’s what Lamar County deserves,” Waits said.
Supervisors met briefly Monday with fire coordinator George Stevens to discuss issued surrounding the weekend incident.
Lamar County Fire Coordinator George Stevens said it took ASAP over an hour to get an ambulance on scene, for a person with third degree burns.
Stevens also said he requested an air ambulance, and the patient was even moved to a nearby location for the helicopter, but it was never sent.
“The supervisors are going to look at what happened, they are going to ask the questions of how all the events went down and then find out what level of service was provided and if its underperforming, they’re not going to tolerate that,” Waits said.
Waits stressed the importance of the response time and care of all county residents.
“The supervisors goal is they get the best response time when it comes to ground or air ambulance, and I can say that they are currently looking into what happened and will take necessary steps to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Waits said.
Supervisors are working with emergency officials to record times and find out more information of what happened on the scene.
Calls to ASAP EMS Ambulance by WDAM were not returned.