A summary of today's Houston Chronicle article blasting the Mayor after
Lanier taken to the hospital in paramedic SUV.
" Heart scare sends Bob Lanier to hospital"
Lanier's defibrillator went off
wife called 911
first responder fire engine at the scene in 6 min
SUV arrived 2 min later, or within 8 min of call
"estimated" arrival time of an ambulance, 2 min later, or within 10 min of
call - both of the City's downtown ambulances were at hospitals on other calls
Mayor Brown gave the okay to transport Lanier to hospital in SUV
Not enough ambulances downtown and Mayor has plans to close both downtown
fire stations with a temporary station to cover the downtown area until new
station built (3-5 years)
purpose of SUVs is to free paramedics from transporting patients to hospital
so can respond to EMS calls more quickly (not to mention that SUVs are not
equipped to transport a patient)