Edinburg, Texas (KVEO)—An Ambulance Strike Team (AST) was deployed to Hidalgo County to provide relief to Emergency Medical Service providers.
EMS providers have have been overwhelmed due to local hospital’s in response to the pandemic, according to county official. The team is trained to respond to large-scale emergencies.
“The state commissioned the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TX EMTF) that will support other EMS providers during disasters or when times are crucial,” said Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldaña. “We appreciate their quick response to our community.”
Hidalgo County is receiving two Ambulance Strike Teams. The AST is a group of five ambulances each, either Advanced Life Support (ALS) or Basic Life Support (BLS), with common communications and a leader in a separate command vehicle, according to the county.
“Having the strike team on hand will be a big help to reduce wait times for county residents in an emergency,” said Saldaña. “This will help relieve current ambulances that have been tied up at the hospitals answering other calls regarding COVID-19.”
The strike team is scheduled to arrived Wednesday evening to the Pharr Events Center.