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City of Dunwoody waits as state decides on ambulance service

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The emergency continues as the City of Dunwoody waits to hear back from the state about providing its own ambulance service.

Terry Nall remembers working for emergency medical services during college. 

"I know the importance the critical importance of arriving quickly on the scene to care for the patient," said Nall.

Now he is using that passion in his position on the Dunwoody City Council. 

"The emergency continues, we call upon the state EMS council to take action expeditiously because we need help here, we need relief from the Dekalb EMS which is underserving our residents and visitors," said Nall.

The city has filed an application with the state EMS council in order to open the Dunwoody zone for EMS. 

"That would allow us to have our own EMS service in the Dunwoody zone rather than rely on Dekalb County," said Nall.

Currently Dekalb County provides EMS for Dunwoody but Nall points to issues and complaints with the provider dating back years. 

"The EMS response times in 2016 were bad, in 2017 they were awful, in 2018 they're beyond belief."

Nall says attempts by Dekalb County and their provider to make improvements have been unsuccessful and current response times are still unacceptable. 

"We are not just home to 50,000 residents, we are home to 120 thousand workers in the perimeter center area, we are the pass through area for I-285."

So now continues the process of getting the city's own provider. 

"We would find our provider with the state ems council assistance of who is licensed and certified and of good quality to serve but it would be according to the criteria we would establish for the type of ems response we would like to have and the level of service we would like to have."

Council member Nall says time is of the essence, though there is no definite timeline for when ems service in Dunwoody will change.

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