SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Inundated with calls and facing over one hour response times, San Francisco officials had to turn to private ambulances to help cover the city during the Saturday night of the recent Labor Day weekend.
While the city hasn’t increased in size, the number of people using emergency services has grown. The number of people living, working and visiting San Francisco is going through the roof.READ MORE: UPDATE: Atmospheric River Crashes Onshore; Driving Rains, Gusty Winds, Flash Flood Fears
Back in June we had a family of tourists visiting. Their two-year-old son was killed when a statue at Fisherman’s Wharf that he was climbing toppled over on top of him and he succumbed to internal injuries in the hospital. Well, it turns out it took an inordinate amount of time for an ambulance to come onto the scene, even though it didn’t appear he was in a life-threatening situation at the time.
That’s when it really popped up that the ambulances weren’t showing up within the city’s own self-imposed 10 minute time limit. Sometimes it would take 20 minutes. Sometimes it would take an hour.
We should point out that we’re not talking about life-threatening emergency calls. In that event an ambulance or fire truck shows up. But if you’re injured or you need someone to take you to the hospital, there’s a chance you could be waiting over an hour. Meanwhile you’re on the sidewalk or hurting somewhere else and the fire truck called to the scene has to stay with you because they’re unable to leave you alone.READ MORE: Woman Dead in Horrific Crash on I-680
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1990 the city had a population of 723,000 that figure has grown to 825,000 according to the latest data. On many days that means there’s easily over 1 million people in San Francisco when you factor in workers and tourists.