Before dialing that number in the private ambulance ad, it is important that you first understand how ambulance services work in general. When a person dials in 911, a police operator will forward the call to the local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) main office. Once verified as a medical emergency, the operators who are listening to the call will then check the situation and route the call to a dispatcher who will notify the nearest ambulance through a radio dispatch. The course may sound complicated at this point, but they can do this for several seconds. The vehicle will then be equipped with necessary equipment, as well as the required paramedics and specialists who will go along depending on the patient’s condition. The patient will then be taken to an EMS-designated hospital where he or she will receive the proper medical attention. The EMS’ goal at this point is to bring the patient to the nearest, most accessible hospital with the right facilities to accommodate the patient’s needs. EMS officers consider factors such as traffic conditions in the city’s main streets when transporting the patient from his or her home to the hospital. When it comes to private ambulance services, the goal will be to bring a patient to his or her preferred medical facility. It will usually take EMS 10 minutes or less to bring a patient to the designated hospital. For a private ambulance, it may take longer to take a patient to his or her preferred facility depending on the patient’s location, the traffic condition along the main route, as well as the facility’s location. At the end of the day the patient themselves make the calculation of where they want the private ambulance to transport them.