County to Ambulance: Use our map server, not Google Maps, to find call locations
Fremont County commissioners heard an update on Tuesday from Frontier Ambulance operations manager Diana Lane, who said she was still understaffed but had three candidate interviews scheduled this week for a basic EMT and one for a paramedic. She said she was fine with the supplies, but her crews should be reminded that they should use the county’s map server to find residences and not use Google Maps.
This issue arose when Commissioner Jennifer McCarty reported a case where the ambulance crew could not find a residence and were delayed 20 minutes from arriving at a call. Lane said the maps server only works when teams are at their desks, so some of them use Google Maps on their own devices.
Chairman Travis Becker said that’s not enough when lives are at stake. For the second time in as many months, Becker told Lane to use the Mapserver, which contains all of the county’s roads and lanes, as opposed to Google Maps which he called “terrible”. Becker said he was looking for a procedural change from Frontier’s side to make that happen. In fact, Becker said the county should insist that it happen. Relying on Google Maps, he said, will kill someone. Becker said he would like to see this change made before his next report to the board.