A research team from SWR’s science and data journalism editors has analyzed and compiled the exact deployment times of ambulances and emergency physicians in the region through its own data-journalistic analysis of rescue service statistics in south-west Germany. A total of 250 data requests were submitted to the actors involved (supervisory authorities, ministries of the interior, planning committees and rescue service organizations), and over 100,000 data records on working times and locations of the rescue equipment and the personnel situation were evaluated. Where does the rescue service take longer? How are the ambulance, ambulance and emergency vehicles distributed? And what are the consequences for the population? The result is a multimedia project that makes the corresponding data publicly accessible for the first time. The results will be available from January 17, 2018 at SWR.de/hilfeimnotfall on an interactive website where the exact data for 3,400 municipalities can be called up. Everyone can see with a simple click: how well works the emergengy rescue system?
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Source and methodology
In Rhineland-Palatinate, we have received figures from the Ministry of Interior for each location. However, these data were initially incomplete. The team needed to find out what data was deleted before being submitted. Only after several inquiries to the Ministry of the Interior did the team receive all the information.
With the data collected, the team was able to understand how well communities are being reached by the ambulance service. With the help of the University of Mannheim, the team was finally able to carry out complex simulations of the rescue operations and calculate the coverage rates for 3,400 municipalities.
In addition, the research has revealed that many information in the data collection are faulty, planning logic leads to black holes in the statistics. And that several planning bodies do not follow the legal procedures.
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