Emergency ambulance response times for rural areas are falling well short of the target, a new report has revealed. The Irish Independent claims 6.6 per cent of call-outs satisfy the targeted response time, which means only one-in-fifteen ambulances reach stricken patients within eight minutes. The secondary target time of 19 minutes for those with potentially life-threatening emergencies is only met 44 per cent of the time. David Hall, Managing Director and founder of the Lifeline Ambulance Service, believes the response times should be attainable, even in rural areas. However, he says the appropriate response is equally as important.