LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville is changing the way it responds to emergencies.

The city is consolidating MetroSafe, Emergency Management and EMS into a single Emergency Services Agency. It will be led by current Emergency Management Agency Director Debbie Fox. Fox was MetroSafe's first employee back in 2005. MetroSafe handles more than one million calls for service every year in Louisville.

"It's the latest step in providing more focus, more data driven and compassionate emergency response for our community," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at a press conference announcing the change.

The goal is to make one department that's more efficient during an emergency.

"I think with our collaboration, we will really be able to focus on patient care and the time it takes for us to complete, from the 911 call to the patient at the hospital," said Fox. "That's our focus." 

Dr. Raymond Orthober was also just named medical director of Louisville Metro EMS. He's from Louisville and is with the U of L School of Medicine.

"I think and our team thinks we'll provide quicker service and more efficient service especially for people in emergency situations," Fischer said.

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