Originally uploaded by LouAngeli2008
At Midnight on July 1st, BLS and Patient Transport for the City of Wilmington (DE) became the respoinsibility of a newly formed ambulance system operated by St. Francis Hospital. The new agency will increase the number of EMS teams on the street from 2 to 4, 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Under the old system, when the lone 2 EMS units were on a call -- which was a very frequent occurenece --, the Wilmington Fire Department would man two ambulances, requiring that engine and ladder companies run short staffed. The department is currently operating with 170 firefighters, 20 short of its allotment.