EMS works through all construction sites around town - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/28/10

EMS works through all construction sites around town

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By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you drive in Lubbock, you are probably all too familiar with a lot of orange barrels, and while it's hassle for motorists, what about our emergency services? 

In a sea of orange construction barrels it can be hard to see those red and blue lights and it can be even harder for that ambulance or fire truck to get through.

"If we know where the construction is, we can preplan with this map and figure out where the trucks need to go," said Director of Lubbock EMS Chris Teague.

Teague says although construction may be a pain, with the help of some new technology, he is able to pin point every crew out on the road and the work zone they could encounter.

"We're having a hard time with the construction on University so the truck that is stationed at 74th and University getting to the south, so what we have done is taken a truck that is usually posted a little further to 98th and Quaker, they slide over a little bit to 82nd and Indiana so they can cover this Southern half over here," said Teague.

But university isn't the only headache, and since it is close to impossible for every EMS worker to avoid all the cones, GPS systems are crucial to guide crews where they need to be.

"They are always moving and shifting to always try to keep that response time low," said Teague.

Teague says they try to get to all emergency calls within 6 minutes, but adds the average is 4.7 minutes, and even with all this orange, they are working very hard to keep it that way.

Some advice for drivers if they end up in a construction zone, and those lights and sirens are trying to get through, Teague says the main thing is not to panic.

If you are down to one lane, like on University, he says just stay where you are until the street expands, and then pull to the right.

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