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Mayor de Blasio plans to boost funding to cut ambulance response times

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is authorizing additional funding to New York City's Emergency Medical Services in hopes of shaving off precious seconds from ambulance response times to emergencies.

City officials told The Associated Press on Sunday the funding would allow EMS to run more ambulance tours and employ more dispatchers. Their goal is to reduce the average response time by 20 seconds.

The average last year, the busiest year ever for EMS responders, was 6 minutes 50 seconds. Officials want to get it down to 6 minutes 30 seconds.

De Blasio unveils his preliminary budget Monday for the city fire department, which includes EMS. He is calling for nearly $70 million over five years in added funds for EMS programs.

The mayor and the City Council have until June 30 to reach a final budget.