EMS response times improve in Carolina Forest

Horry County, SC - By Amanda Kelley, Carolina Forest Chronicle

HORRY COUNTY, SC - Carolina Forest residents can feel a little safer.

In moments where every second counts and every passing minute can mean the difference in life or death, Horry County's rescue teams are finding ways to arrive on scene quicker.

An analysis of the response time data for the three medic stations servicing Carolina Forest shows a decrease in annual response times from 2006 to 2009.

The Carolina Forest Chronicle obtained the response times through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the times measure how quickly a medic unit arrives at the scene of the incident from the time they leave the station.

Medic stations 23, 30 and 45 all service the Carolina Forest area. Station 23 is behind the campus of Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway. Station 30 is on 21st Avenue in Myrtle Beach and station 45 is on International Drive.

There is also fire station 39, which is located directly on Carolina Forest Boulevard, but it does not have a medic unit.

Also, since station 45 was built in 2008, the data runs only from March 2008 through December 2009.

County wide, response times have decreased by 24 seconds. But, each of the stations servicing Carolina Forest have improved response times annual by more than 30 seconds.

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