Santiago says a solution here could be a fire-based EMS service, and help take the stress off the system.
The Billings Fire Department is examining how it responds to its ever-increasing number of service calls, looking for ways to be more efficient and more responsive.
The Owensboro Fire Department will expand the size of its east side station, with the work beginning this year, and is studying how to modernize its fire training center.
During a recent meeting, the Oak Ridge City Council unanimously approved spending $56,624 on these drones and training to use them.
The expansion will create 43 new jobs, but will also decrease response times and provide for additional support to manage EMS calls.
In 2015, amid a national slide in volunteerism, Cleveland County had fewer than 400 volunteer fire fighters across its 12 departments. None of the departments had any staffing during the daytime.