The Detroit Free Press reported complaints from bystanders about the response time of the Royal Oak EMS in a traffic accident on South Main and 11 mile on Sept. 17 at around 10:30 a.m. They wondered whether the recent layoffs of two city firefighters had impacted the EMS response time. The crash involved a Jeep Cherokee, a parked Hummer, and a double-headed parking meter. The parking meter ended up in the middle of the road. Acting Fire Chief Patrick Mulligan said response time was less than seven minutes for a city ambulance to get to the scene. Bean and Leaf Cafe Manager Nathan Miller rescued the double parking meter and handed it over to police.
Who are these bystanders complaining about slow response time? According to an article by myfoxdetroit.com, the national average for EMS response is eight minutes. An audit done for Detroit six years ago showed the response at 12 minutes. I think Royal Oak EMS response time is world class and those that require their services should feel safe. Hats off to Royal Oak EMS and to Nathan Miller. Although, if a parking meter had not been involved, I wonder what the response would have been?