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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

At the next meeting of the Farmington City Council, a representative from the ALF Ambulance, a division of Allina Medical Transportation, is scheduled to give a report of the 2010 ambulance activity. A copy of that report was included in this week's council agenda.

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Among the highlights:

• In 2010, the ALF units of Allina Medical Transportation responded to 490 emergency calls in Farmington, 39 in Castle Rock, 20 in Eureka and 50 in Empire township. The average response time for Farmington calls was 10:04 minutes.

• The majority of the calls ALF units respond to are in Apple Valley (53 percent), followed by Lakeville (31 percent) and Farmington (13 percent).

• People in the 65 and older age group account for 32.1 percent of the calls ALF paramedics responded to in 2010. The 35-44 age group accounted for the second highest number of calls, 22.2 percent. Calls for patients under the age of 1 accounted for the fewest, 1.0 percent. The average patient age was 52.

• Farmington calls to ALF Ambulance have gradually increased over the past three years. In 2008, ALF/Allina paramedics received 687 911 and emergency 911 calls and that number crawled to 688 in 2009. In 2010, ALF/Allina took 700 calls. The monthly average for Farmington is 58.

• In 2010, Allina Medical Transportation entered into an agreement with Farmington School District 192 to provide a dedicated ambulance for four home football games. The agreement included five additional, tentative dates for the Minnesota State High School League if Farmington were playing in or hosting playoff games.

The full report is listed in the Feb. 7 city council agenda, available on the city's web site, www.ci.farmington.mn.us.

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