Guardian challenged on “unusable” reports provided to County Commission

(Lander, Wyo.) – “I keep beating a dead horse but this report is not usable,” County Commission Chairman Travis Becker told representatives from Guardian EMS Tuesday. “It is hard to understand this report you’ve provided, we can’t separate out the calls.” He’s complained about the report for months.

Guardian EMS took over the county’s ambulance system last year. Director Diane Lane said the old report that the commissioners liked “is no longer available. The state changed the reports,” she said.

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Instead, Lane presented a nine page-long listing of approximately 450 individual ambulance calls for the month of October, but it wasn’t broken out by each location an ambulance was sent to. It listed each call in a chronological order. In order to determine the breakouts, Becker said he’d have to go through each listing and add them up.

In response to a community member’s complaint about the number of ambulances going through the county seat, Lane did say that Lander has more calls in-city than are dispatched to the west side Wind River Reservation, to Fort Washakie and Ethete areas. She also said that drivers of the ambulances are trained to use lights and sirens on emergency calls and to slow down at each intersection. The caller had complained about sirens in town. Becker said he had received the same complaint.

“We address each complaint with the crew staffing that particular call,” she said. “We slow down and use the sirens at intersections to get people’s attention.”

Lane told Becker that she would try to see if another report more useful to the commission could be prepared for the future.

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