Concerns Raised About EMS Response Time in West Odessa After Fatal Accident

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - This past Friday during the tragic accident that happened at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and University, questions were raised about the response time from medics.

A man NewsWest 9 interviewed on Saturday said that it took almost an hour for emergency crews to arrive on the scene. That's why we decided to investigate the matter. We did some digging and pulled records from the city.

Here's what it shows: dispatch received the first call at 11:06 p.m. After dispatch hung up with the caller, they were able send out the first engine at 11:08 p.m. In one minute, station seven was responding to this accident. Six minutes later they arrived on scene and they transported their first patient at 11:26 p.m.

NewsWest 9 decided to Google map the distance between the fire station seven and the accident scene. Google says it takes about 11 minutes to get to the scene. Turns out they responded quicker than normal.

"There is all this documentation showing that we were there within a very reasonable amount of time and transporting patients and getting people taken care of as quickly as possible," Andrea Goodson, with the City of Odessa, said.

For those wondering what the average response time is in the county, since January first, the city did a report for us listing every EMS call's they ever received in this year.

"You got to remember this is going to various part of the county, we have a large county. From the time the 911's call came in until there was a time of the first responder on their door step, it's an average of 13 minutes. It's pretty good response time considering how large our county is," Goodson said.