Salem Police Chief and Fulton County Hospital Board member Al Roork addressed the board June 23 regarding concerns about the current method of dispatching the Fulton County Ambulance Service.
Roork said the ambulance should be dispatched through the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and not the hospital. "The more you cut out redundancy the better," Roork said.
Currently there is an electronic console in the sheriff's department that is used to page the various county fire departments, each with its own button and department specific alert signal.
"It works very well," Roork said. "Last week we had two more buttons added to our console: one for the Mammoth Spring ambulance and one for the Salem ambulance."
The current system of ambulance notification is a system of four pagers but Roork said this is insufficient.
"We cannot page an ambulance to a heart attack or a bad automobile accident and not know if they got it," Roork said.
Now ambulances are to respond with a confirmation of action and the new ambulance exclusive signal will give EMTs and paramedics better notification through the console dispatching system.
"Everything that comes in is digitally recorded and archived forever," Roork said adding that the recordings will help with any possible liabilities.
Roork said radios have been ordered. "The new system will be online this week," Roork said.