Lots of people called 911 for help last year. Now, Honolulu’s Emergency Medical Services Department says it will need help this year.
The department posted a message on Facebook Wednesday.
It said more than 120,000 911 calls came into the EMS dispatch center last year.
With 18 full-time and two part-time ambulances, the department says its system is wearing down at an increasing rate.
On Monday, EMS spokeswoman Shayne Enright talked about the stress on resources.
“A lot of these calls were non-emergency calls. Non-emergency calls don’t happen only on New Year’s Eve. We’d like to stress that throughout the year, and these calls have got to go down so our resources are available for the real emergencies,” she said. “While we’re out on non-emergency calls, we’re taking valuable resources away from people that need them.”
Enright was not available to speak with KHON2 on camera Wednesday, but said the department will need additional funding to open additional units to keep up with growing demand.