In Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties
Often times, no. And the time that lapses between a 911 call and when Emergency Medical Services (EMS) typically arrives is critical to the health and outcome of the patient.
Nearly 80% of Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties’ EMS responders are volunteers or paid-on-call, and a vast majority of the counties are rural. As a result, it takes an average of 5-10 minutes for a first responder to arrive to an emergency in these counties — sometimes double the national average.
That’s why Aurora Health Care Foundation launched When Minutes Matter, a $650,000 campaign that aims to improve the infrastructure and emergency medical training in order to empower more people in the community with lifesaving tools, when minutes — even seconds count.