GFD working to cut down response time - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

GFD working to cut down response time

Posted: Updated:

by Nick Delgado

Guam - The response time for ambulances is the issue that Guam Fire Department Captain Rueben Olivas says needs to be addressed. Olivas says GFD sometimes is faced with a delayed response time of one hour due to the shortage of units. While Olivas believes GFD management does not show enough concern for the shortage, he says possible solutions include entering into a memorandum of understanding with private services, making sure vendors are paid sooner, and ordering new units.

"We had three ambulances at one time and sometimes we go down to one ambulance," he said. "So that delays the response time and that is the major issue here. The delay in response time and the delay in transport to an emergency facility means that it could be detrimental for patient care."

GFD currently has six units running today, which is only half of its ambulance fleet.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Repopulating the endangered sihek

    Repopulating the endangered sihek

    Efforts to repopulate the Micronesian kingfisher on Guam are underway. The Department of Agriculture held a conference with visiting field experts. The sihek last seen in the wild on Guam way back in 1989. Dr. Axel Moehrenschlager heads the Calgary Zoo'sMore >>
    Efforts to repopulate the Micronesian kingfisher on Guam are underway. The Department of Agriculture held a conference with visiting field experts. The sihek last seen in the wild on Guam way back in 1989. Dr. Axel Moehrenschlager heads the Calgary Zoo's More >>
  • Bordallo hopes to communicate veteran needs to feds

    Bordallo hopes to communicate veteran needs to feds

    The Guam Veteran's Affairs office announced beginning Feb. 15 and every third Friday it will be clearing vets cemetery grave sites of flowers and decorative items. It's in keeping with federal regulations regarding uniformity. Meanwhile, the new administrMore >>
    The Guam Veteran's Affairs office announced beginning Feb. 15 and every third Friday it will be clearing vets cemetery grave sites of flowers and decorative items. It's in keeping with federal regulations regarding uniformity. Meanwhile, the new administrMore >>
  • Still no takers for marijuana testing lab

    Still no takers for marijuana testing lab

    Since the passing of the Homegrown Cultivation Bill, the number of patients registered for medicinal marijuana has reached a high. But still, no one has applied to build the lab, needed to test the product. So far, 73 patients are registered with Public HMore >>
    Since the passing of the Homegrown Cultivation Bill, the number of patients registered for medicinal marijuana has reached a high. But still, no one has applied to build the lab, needed to test the product. So far, 73 patients are registered with Public HMore >>
Powered by Frankly