Albany - 2006 was a busy year for Dougherty County EMS. Last year, crews responded to 19,282 calls. That's an increase of more than a thousand from 2005. But it didn't slow them down any. The average response time to a patient was only 5.7 minutes, and that's with only seven units running at any given time.
Medical calls were the most common, but there were a lot of trauma calls, too. EMS responded to more than 1400 car wrecks and almost 1200 falls. Director Bobby Tripp says if the trend continues, he'll need to hire more EMTs and paramedics.