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The average time taken to transport a patient to a hospital by ambulance following an emergency call was 39 minutes and 24 seconds in 2014, the worst on record, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday.

The time was six seconds longer than the 2013 average, the agency said. The number of ambulance dispatches was a record 5.98 million in 2014, or roughly one every 5.3 seconds.

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