For many people, winter driving means slow, tedious treks on icy roads. But for SouthBridge EMS, this winter has actually brought faster call response times.
The reason: construction season is finally over.
During December and January, it took the ambulance service an average of 7 minutes to arrive to at “lights and sirens” emergency calls, SouthBridge operations manager Dan Miller told Bridgeville Borough Council earlier this month. That’s 16% faster than the 2015 average of 8.37 minutes:
The change is largely attributable reopening of lanes along Route 50, Miller said. SouthBridge is located on Hickory Grade Road in South Fayette Township.
Last year, SouthBridge arrived at non-lights-and-sirens calls in an average of 10.76 minutes.
The ambulance service also promoted an additional supervisor in 2015 so that it now has 24/7 managerial coverage.