Some interesting numbers on average ambulance arrival times in the U.S. for different types of areas: urban, suburban, and rural.
From the article below:" ... researchers analyzed emergency medical service data collected in 2015 from 486 U.S. agencies."
"They had information on nearly 1.8 million emergency calls. about 4 percent were in rural areas, about 88 percent in suburban areas and about 8 percent in urban areas."
"On average in the U.S., the length of time between a call for help and the arrival of emergency medical services is about eight minutes - but that rose to 14 minutes in rural areas (where about 10 percent of patients waited nearly 30 minutes."
"The average waiting time was 7 minutes in urban setting, 7.7 minutes in suburban areas, and 14.5 minutes in rural areas."
" ... the difference in response times between rural, urban and suburban settings was not as large as a person might expect."
Interesting. Upon first read, I did think that arrival time given for rural areas did seem a bit short compared to the times for urban and suburban areas (although it did say that " ... about
10 percent of (rural) patients waited nearly 30 minutes)."
But perhaps it does make sense. That is, once an ambulance would get on to an
open, rural highway, and especially with much less traffic than in a city setting, and
open road ahead, it could likely go at very high speeds toward its destination.
Incidentally, such a scenario might be one worth considering ahead of time, if one is thinking about
moving to an isolated, rural home. The fresh air, peace and quiet, and pleasantness of rural life may be inviting, but possible delay in the arrival of EMS during an emergency at this new home is likely something to at least be considered.
Another point of the article, one stressed, is that in all cases, urban, suburban or rural, it is most helpful if bystanders already at the scene of the emergency are already trained in and can administer CPR until the ambulance arrives. Ideally, they will also have been trained in other emergency procedures, especially the stopping of bleeding, if it is occurring.
Heaven forbid that any of us should ever be in a situation where we are having to call 911 from home to summon an ambulance, to arrive as quickly as possible, because of an emergency involving a loved one in our home.
But if it does happen, having that "eight minutes" in the back of our minds as a reference point for when help may actually be on the scene may be helpful. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-emergency-response-times/be-prepared-for-ambulance-wait-times-iduskbn1a42kq