KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Hays County continues to grow and that means more calls for emergency services. This year, Hays County EMS has responded to around 1,200 more calls than what they were responding to last year.
“On a daily basis the trucks are busier and with the hospitals all being in Austin it takes them longer to get back and it takes the ambulances longer to be available for the next call,” said San Marcos Hays County EMS Administrative Battalion Chief Matt Weinberg.
One area that they have seen a big portion of the growth is in Kyle. In April of next year, they will station another ambulance in that area to help during the day when they are busiest.
“The growth in Kyle and the call volume in the area has put a big stress on the system, we need to add more trucks, we need to add more people, we need to be able to cover the area as the houses increase,” said Weinberg.
He says that by doing this, it will help with response times county-wide.
Hays County is hoping voters will vote “yes” in November for two bond propositions totaling $237.8 million. If passed, it will fund an improved Hays Emergency Response Operations Center that will help improve response times.