The City of Columbus welcomed Columbus Regional Hospital ambulances into City fire stations during a public open house Wednesday, January 16.
CRH ambulances began responding from Fire Stations 1 and 5 on Monday, January 14, with the goal of strengthening the partnership between the City and the hospital and improving ambulance response times for emergency medical calls.
“Having the ambulances respond from our fire stations should give residents quicker service and better care when they need it the most,” Mayor Brown said. “We will work together with CRH to improve our services and reduce the amount of time it takes for an ambulance to arrive at your door.”
The open house featured remarks by Mayor Brown, CRH CEO and President Jim Bickel, County Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz, and former State Fire Marshal and Columbus resident Roger Johnson.
After a ribbon cutting, firefighters, ambulance paramedics, and the Columbus Police Department teamed up to give a live demonstration of an emergency medical situation.
About 70 people attended the open house, including families with children, who got to tour the fire station, fire trucks and ambulance.