San Diego ambulances respond to 120,000 medical calls a year, an average of more than 300 times every day.
Most of the time, said a high-ranking ambulance official, they didn’t need to go.
“Fifteen percent of those calls are really sick people,” said Wayne Johnson, general manager of the city’s ambulance provider, Rural/Metro. “The rest of them probably could have taken a car, in all reality.”
Rural/Metro’s ambulances go out so often, Johnson said, because they have to.