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Firefighting News: IAFF: D.C. Fire & EMS Among Worst in U.S.

08/15/2013
An International Association of Firefighters spokesperson said that a shortage of ambulances, inadequate training and a poor strategy make the district "one of the worst EMS systems in the country when compared to other major metropolitan areas," reports The Associated Press. The department has lost more than 40 paramedics since 2011, and just two have been hired. The attrition rate is just one of many problems in a department struggling to keep up with the city's growing population and a rapidly increasing number of emergency medical calls. Staffing and response time data collected by The Associated Press show the district is attempting to make do with less than half the para...

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