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Iowa EMS Investigation
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - A new Des Moines Register report says the emergency response system in the state is endangering Iowans.
In a year-long investigation, it found that 33 of Iowas 99 counties have an EMT response time of more than seven minutes.
51 counties in the state don't release their response times.
In Linn county, the average response time is more than 11 minutes.
Nine counties in the state have fewer than 40 EMT's available and many of those are part-time volunteers.
EMS professionals say that's because people have less time to volunteer, training requirements are tough, costs have increased in recent years, and there is less money and structure for emergency services at the state and federal level.
The director of Sumner Emergency Medical Services said those factors jeopardize EMS service in Iowa and in other rural areas throughout the country.