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BOISE -- Emergency medics and crews hope to have faster response times now that they've signed an EMS joint agreement today.

Ada County officials will now work closely with city first responders from the Boise, Meridian, Eagle and Kuna districts, to give quality emergency care as quickly as possible.

One of the things we found...is that a Boise City fire-truck may be the closest fire-truck to a Meridian call, because of where they just happened to be right now, said Darby Weston, Director of Ada County EMS. And so one of our challenges has been erasing all of those boundaries. We want a fast response to a medical emergency.

Those who signed the agreement say they've been working for the last several years to make one universal set of medical protocols for all of the responders to follow.

We don't care which one of us makes that response, we want the most effective response possible, said Weston. And so, as we've eliminated those boundaries, that has been very good for our response performance.

NEW AGREEMENT:

BEFORE AGREEMENT:

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