Albemarle County and Martha Jefferson Hospital have teamed up to speed up emergency response times to the Pantops community and eastern Albemarle County.
Wednesday morning representatives from Albemarle County and Martha Jefferson Hospital gathered outside the hospital's emergency room to announce their new partnership.
The new Albemarle County Pantops ambulance will operate out of Martha Jefferson Hospital. The additional emergency response team will be on hand until 2018 when a new fire and emergency station is built.
Albemarle County supervisor Ken Boyd said, "Statistics indicate that the faster you can provide medical service to someone the more their chances of surviving something like a heart attack or a fall or any type of injury that they may have or illness they may have."
National statistics say an emergency response time should be less than five minutes. Boyd says the new Pantops ambulance will be able to provide help within that time frame.
The temporary unit will have cross-trained EMS specialists and firefighters. The ambulance is expected to respond to around 800 calls a year.