VENICE (WWSB) - The Venice Fire Department says in order to improve the quality of service on the island, they need to take over the EMS service within the city from Sarasota County.
At a workshop on Friday morning, Fire Chief Shawn Carvey presented research to council members showing that 66% of the time that an emergency medical service call is placed, the Venice Fire Department arrives before Sarasota County ambulances. With an average response time of four minutes, while Sarasota County arrives within about eight minutes.
Right now, the City of Venice pays Sarasota County to respond to EMS calls in the city. If the Venice Fire Department were to take over that role, the money now paid to Sarasota County could be used to hire 25 additional first responders and purchase three ambulances.
Venice Fire officials say they think having their advanced life support services be localized just in Venice, will be a more efficient way to respond to residents in need.
Today’s workshop was meant to just be informative for council members to see all the numbers and hear what the Venice Fire Department was proposing. A more in-depth discussion will happen at the next city council meeting on January 22nd.