New and fringe residential development and Emergency Medical Services response times in the United States
The aim of this study is to determine whether there is a difference between remote suburban and exurban areas and urban areas when it comes to how quickly emergency services respond to a crisis. The American Red Cross warn that delayed emergency medical services (EMS) response times can mean the difference between life and death. Every delayed minute in a medical emergency risks greater damage or at worst the failure to save a life.
This article highlights the debate between antisprawl groups on one side and developers and public choice advocates on the other. The results of this study suggest there is a connection between the built environment and delays inEMS. These findings could help consumers and policymakers make more informed decisions.
Lambert, T., & Meyer, P. (2008). New and Fringe Residential Development and Emergency Medical Services Response Times in the United States State and Local Government Review, 40 (2), 115-124 DOI: 10.1177/0160323X0804000205