SARATOGA SPRINGS: City EMS facility talks resume

One main point of concern in City Hall is the way the police station and courthouse are configured. Inmates must be transported up a stairwell that is also traveled by city workers and the public.

Dudla said there have been incidents on the stairwell involving inmates. Some have concerned the welfare of the inmate, others the welfare of those working in City Hall. He recalled an incident within the past year in which an inmate being transported on the stairwell suffered an epileptic seizure and fell down the stairs. At other times, he said, inmates have kicked, screamed, and wrestled with law-enforcement officers as they have been transported.

"I thought one inmate was coming right through my window one day," said Dudla. "So the potential is there, yes."

The second issue of great concern is the emergency response time to the eastern plateau. In 1980, there were 778 homes in that area and in 2000, which number reached 2,400. Kim said that with full build-out there could be 900 more homes. Kim said the city should be responding to an emergency within five minutes, and in 2002, about 13 percent of the calls were responded to within six minutes or less. In 2003, however, the response time increased to 51 percent where it took more than 6 minutes. ""

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