Morgan City game delay due to injury explained
Fifteen minutes of the 40-minute game delay to assess the health of an injured Morgan City High School football player Friday was because Acadian Ambulance had to be called back to Tiger Stadium to assist.
Typically, Acadian Ambulance is on standby at all home football games, St. Mary Parish Athletic Director Lenny Armato said.
Julie Mahfouz, public relations and marketing manager for Acadian, said the company staffs the football games as “a standby that’s not paid for.” She said that emergencies are the company’s first priority.
Acadian was on standby at the Morgan City game until halftime, Armato said.
Assistant Principal Tim Hymel said after the training staff assessed the player’s injury, a 911 call was placed to get the ambulance to return, which it did within 15 minutes.
Mahfouz said there are three ambulance units stationed within St. Mary Parish at any given time.
Response times vary, she said.
“Because your parish is very rural, it would very much depend on where the call is coming from,” as to how long the ambulance takes to respond, she said.
There are no set patrol areas for the ambulances, she said. Mahfouz said there is a communication center that uses a mapping system to dispatch.
The center “knows what ambulance is closest to that call no matter where they are at that time … dispatch sends closest to that call regardless,” she said.