When the unthinkable happens, every second counts for EMS response teams, and now Hancock County is more prepared for those incidents.
The county recently purchased a new SUV equipped with a heart monitor.
The vehicle will assist the two current ambulances, which will make emergency responses more efficient.
The county also purchased new software that will make tracking calls and billing easier.
Officials say the purchases will help the department run more smoothly.
"I think the care has always been great. I don't think there has ever been an issue with care. This is just going to allow us more tools to work with and hopefully improve moral and make everyone more cohesive up here as a group," said EMS Coordinator Paul Richardson.
The county is also building new living and sleeping areas for response teams to rest between calls.
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