Emergency care is being cut in Archer City.
Right now if an Archer City ambulance crew needs to transport someone to the nearest hospitals 20 or 30 minutes away, another crew would be ready to go in case some one else in town needs help. However, starting January 1st the city will go from having two ambulance crews to only having one.
"We do have a very large coverage area and ideally we should be running two trucks but the finances are not available right now," said Pat Bryan, the director of ambulance services.
Bryan said the second ambulance crew was added recently. It costs the city about $200,000 a year to operate both of them. Now that the drought has forced the city to stop selling bulk water funds are drying up. Some residents said emergency crews are needed more than police officers, while others said they would rather see those funds go to other services. Bryan said not much can be done right now but fortunately emergency employees won't face many changes.
"There will obviously be a significant reduction of available hours but no one at this time will be laid off," said Bryan.
When the city loses its back up emergency employees will have to step up their game to continue helping all residents in need.
"We're going to have to improve our time. We're going to have to reduce times at the hospital and make sure we're back where we're supposed to be," said Bryan.
The Archer City ambulance crew responds to nearly a 1,000 calls each year on average. Bryan said if the city needs to it could get ambulance assistance from nearby hospitals or health centers.