‘It’s A Really Scary Time’: Fire Union Says Pasco County Can’t Keep Up With Emergencies

PASCO COUNTY, Fla — The old adage, “every second counts” is being tested in Pasco County. As the population continues to soar, response times for emergency calls have gotten longer and longer.

“You’re going to a child that is not breathing, no longer has a pulse in and you’re looking at the GPS and it says you’re 18 to 20 minutes away,” said Dixon Phillips, an IAFF Local 4420 District 3 Representative. “We pull up on scene and the first question the parents or the husband or wife say to us is what took so long?”

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