ORANGE PARK, Fla.-- The very tools that could be used to save your life are running short nationwide.
From defibulators, to IV catheters and blood pressure cuffs, Clay County Fire Rescue tells Action News medical tools for their rescue units are becoming more expensive with the Affordable Care Act. That makes some medical suppliers carry less of them.
Chief Lorin Mock says he's worried if he isn't given the ability to shop around for supply vendors, his paramedics could soon run into problems.
"We may not have the tool or the medication to treat a patient," he said. "We don't want to get to that."
Action News obtained a list of vendors that Clay County uses to stock the units. Right now they are only allowed to buy supplies from the lowest bidder. Mock wants the ability to buy from the vendor who can supply them the soonest.
"We want to be able to reach out and when we find available products to secure and buy that product," he said.
Clay County commissioners seem to agree.
"When it comes to people's lives we have an obligation to make sure that our first responders have the equipment they need," said commissioner, Diane Hutchings.
After all, when it comes to saving a life, every second counts. Chief Mock insists Fire Rescue needs to be able to buy equipment from vendors that can get it to them the fastest.
The issue will go before the Clay County Commission on Tuesday.