TULSA - Tulsa city councilors decided Thursday to lengthen ambulance response times by two minutes rather than see a doubling monthly EMSA rate.
The vote, 6-3 in favor of the increase, pushes ambulances' emergency response time from 8 minutes 59 seconds to 10 minutes and 59 seconds.
While a number of medical experts say that two minutes shouldn't affect patients, councilors Jeannie Cue, Karen Gilbert and Phil Steele didn't see it that way, voting no for the measure.
EMSA officials also contend the extra time will help prevent traffic accidents involving their ambulances.
If councilors didn't approve the increase, Tulsans would pay a monthly $7.28 for emergency service.
The new times will take effect Nov. 1.