Published: Aug 13, 2014 10:34 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. "It's critical that someone is reached within a certain period of time."

A million extra tax payer dollars making sure emergency crews get to you faster.

"Our travel time, 8 minutes 90% of the time and that's our goal and we do meet that system-wide, county-wide we do meet that," said EMS Chief Walter Kopka.

Chief Walter Kopka said those improvements have been coming from adding resources to different areas. For example, a seasonal ambulance was added to Marco Island and additional personnel and ambulances to stations in North Naples and East Naples.

"I'm glad were making a good improvement, a significant improvement."

The two areas benefitting the most, firefighters said, are Big Corkscrew Island Fire and Marco Island Fire.

"We were waiting upwards of 15 to 20 minutes," said Captain Eric Watson with Big Corkscrew Fire.

Before now, medics and emergency responders often arrived separately. And now they travel together and that's faster all because of this additional money.

"I hate to say this but a million dollars now isn't a huge amount for a city like Naples," said one resident.

Chief Kopka said there are still more plans in the works, including a new EMS station to be built at Vanderbilt Beach Road and Logan Boulevard.