2019 State of the County – Commissioner Matt Calabria

Keeping you and your family safe is a
critical focus for our board. One example of how we’re doing that is right here,
the new Wendell Main EMS Station. We opened this new building
last fall to better respond to the population growth in this area and the
additional calls for emergency medical help that that growth is generating.
That’s a trend. Not just in Wendell, but all over the county. In 2014, our EMS
crews received nearly 90,000 calls for service. In 2018, that number rose to more
than 106,000 calls. That’s an 18 percent increase. Some of
those calls come in when people experience heart problems and I’m proud
to say that in 2018 our EMS crews saved 97 people in cardiac arrest. That makes
our program one of the most successful programs in the country! In May we
partnered with the city of Raleigh to launch a new computer-aided dispatch or
CAD system. The system helps the 9-1-1 center connect those in need with
resources from more than 30 Fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies countywide. With
our new system, we now also link directly to the Town of Cary’s CAD system
enabling us to expedite critical emergency response services. We also
completed our first pilot program of the inmate employment and education
initiative. We helped nearly 150 inmates at the Wake County Jail with career
readiness, GED classes and vocational training. After they were released, 18 of
them found jobs with steady paychecks giving them the stability they need on
their path to success.

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