The Washington Area Ambulance District responded to 73 more calls in 2013 than in 2012, according to a year-end report.
There has been an increase in calls over the past several years. Calls in 2013 totaled 2,891, compared to 2,818 in 2012; 2,773 in 2011; and 2,549 in 2010.
The district currently staffs three advanced life support ambulances 24 hours per day.
Two ambulances crews are based at headquarters, located at 515 Washington Ave. and one crew is based at House 2, at 2550 Highway A.
A supervisor is scheduled on each shift.
The district has 20 full-time and 20 part-time staff, which consists of personnel licensed as emergency medical technicians-basic, emergency medical technician-paramedic and registered nurse.
In 2013, a total of 2,064 calls were handled by headquarters. The remaining 827 were dispatched from House 2.
In 2013, ambulance personnel responded to 1,157 emergency medical calls, 195 emergency cardiac calls, 144 motor vehicle accidents and 335 accidental injuries.
In 2012, there were 1,094 emergency medical calls, 161 emergency cardiac calls, 159 emergency motor vehicle accidents and 307 accidents with injuries.
There were 113 more transfers in 2013 than 2012 — a total of 922 in 2013.
The department provided mutual aid or stand by 57 times in 2013. It assisted in five structure fires, six home death transfers, five mutual aid, scene response calls and 65 calls to assist an invalid.
The district is divided into six zones, including four city and two rural zones. Each residential care facility also is assigned a zone.
The department picked up from residences a total of 922 times. It picked up from Mercy Hospital 883 times. In 2012, it picked up from Mercy 908 times and at residences 886 times.
Crews picked up people from businesses 178 times, auto accidents 155 times and Mercy Medical Building South 119 times.
Some other pickup locations include Cedarcrest Manor, 69; park/fairgrounds, 16; Grandview Healthcare, 86l; street, no auto accident, 33; The Homestead at Hickory View, 36; MacArthur Park Senior Housing, 22; New Haven Ambulance District, 40, Victorian Manor Washington, 26, Victorian Manor Memory Care, 41; and Mercy Medical Building North, 18; and several others 20 times or fewer.
Of those picked up, the primary drop-off location was Mercy Hospital Washington, a total of 1,328 times.
There were 450 transports to Mercy Hospital St. Louis; 100 to Cedarcrest Manor; and 81 to Grandview Healthcare Center. There were 561 “no transports” in 2013.
Those five drop-off locations account for 87 percent of the data.
Pickup zones broken down by zone were as follows: Ward 1, 228; Ward 2, 420; Ward 3, 295; and Ward 4, 231.
Outside the city, there were 258 pickups in the west, Highway A included, and 75 in the east. There were 74 out-of-district pickups.
Sales Tax Collection
The 2013 totals show a slight increase, of 1.03 percent, in sales tax collection.
“We are optimistic that this trend will continue,” said Terry Buddemeyer, WAAD chief.
Passage of the three-eighths-cent sales tax in lieu of real estate and personal property tax in April 2006, with implementation in October 2006, resulted in similar annual collection totals for 2007 and 2008. The downturn in the economy was evident by the decrease in sales tax collections in 2009 and 2010. The 2011 and 2012 totals show an increase back near the 2007 and 2008 sales tax revenue totals.
The yearly breakdown is as follows:
2007 — $1,478,736.97;
2008 — $1,472,780.50;
2009 — $1,381,466.59;
2010 — $1,379,443.77;
2011 — $1,481,920.02;
2012 — $1,451,151.95; and
2013 — $1,499,437.26.