Carroll County ambulance director Patrick Gray (left) speaks with former Carroll Mayor Dr. Robert Christensen Monday following a Carroll Rotary Club meeting.
Carroll County ambulance director Patrick Gray (left) speaks with former Carroll Mayor Dr. Robert Christensen Monday following a Carroll Rotary Club meeting.
April 30, 2013



Don't hesitate. If you're experiencing a medical problem and think you need an ambulance, make the call, says Carroll County ambulance director Patrick Gray.

"It's never wrong to call us," Gray said. "If we don' transport, we don't charge."

Gray, a former Carroll police sergeant who has been director of the ambulance service since Jan. 2, spoke to the Carroll Rotary Club Monday during the service organization's noon luncheon at the Carrollton Centre.

When facing the choice about whether to call an ambulance, wait out a health episode, transport themselves to a hospital or have a family member drive, too many people make the wrong decision, Gray said.

"They usually hesitate and make the mistake of not calling when they should," Gray said.

Moving on to other issues, Gray said the ambulance service has had major problems in the last three months with deer collisions. The service has reported three such incidents, including two with the same ambulance in the seven-vehicle fleet. Gray said no paramedics were injured and that the ambulances had no patients in them when they hit deer.

The service has responded to 527 calls to this point in 2013. There have been only two days in the year when the ambulance service has not had a call.

Gray appealed for more first responders, particularly in the rural areas and smaller communities of Carroll County. There is no age limit on volunteers so Gray urged retired residents to consider getting involved.

With the professional ranks, the service has 11 paramedics. Gray is working on increasing qualifications so his paramedics are certified to train emergency service personnel in Carroll and surrounding areas, a savings to the regional effort and a source of revenue, he said.

"I'm really looking forward to moving forward and advancing," Gray said.

Gray said he would like to see Carroll pursue a second overpass in the eastern part of the city.