Ask Joe: How long did it take crews to arrive on scene of deadly Plumb Lane crash?
From the Ask Joe file, some of our viewers have raised questions about the response time for a recent fatal crash in Reno.
One of those viewers lives near the scene of the crash and asked that we not use his name. He wants to know how long it took crews to respond to the crash on Plumb Lane earlier this month that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl.
Here's what I found out:
I checked with J.W. Hodge, the director of public affairs for REMSA.
The REMSA paramedics arrived on scene 5 minutes and 54 seconds after the 911 call came in that night.
Hodge says the national standard for response times for medical crews is 8 minutes and 59 seconds. So REMSA's response in this case was well within that standard.
Another time that's worth noting is from the original 911 call until the time crews arrived with the victim at the hospital took 18 minutes and 30 seconds.
The Reno Fire Department also responded that night. According to Battallion Chief John McNamara, they got the call at 11:21 p.m. Their crew was on the scene at 11:26 p.m., or 5 minutes and 10 seconds after the call to be exact.
McNamara says their goal is to arrive on scene within six minutes of getting a call. So they were within that time frame.
For whatever reason some neighbors have been under the impression there was a delayed response to this crash. But the dispatch information shows crews arrived on scene quickly and within established guidelines.
Katie Weingartner was pronounced dead at the hospital after being struck while crossing Plumb Lane.
The crash itself is still under investigation. Reno police say drugs do appear to have been a factor with specific regard to the driver. They are waiting on toxicology results to learn more.