D.C. Fire Department Bolsters EMS

The D.C. fire department is slated to announce new hires of paramedics and the purchase of several new ambulances.

The Associated Press reported (http://wapo.st/19K9TGg) that the department is trying to make do with less than half the paramedics employed by departments that respond to similar numbers of medical calls.

Yet the department has come under fire for its medical services of late, with some high-profiles incidents involving EMS equipment and apparatus. Two ambulances were hit by engine fires, while in another instance an ambulance carrying a shooting victim broke down.

For more, visit http://wapo.st/19K9TGg.

For more on the department’s recent travails, consider D.C . Deputy Chief Retires After Providing Inaccurate Fleet Inventory Information, D.C . Firefighter Files Assault Report Against Chief, and D.C . Fire Chief Tells City Council Flawed Data Used for Nearly a Year.

For more on fire-based EMS, consider Fire-Based EMS: The Solution for an Ailing System?

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