D.C. Considers Private Ambulances for EMS

The mayor of Washington, D.C., wants to contract with private ambulance companies to transport patients who don’t have time-sensitive injuries or medical problems.

The proposal outlined by Mayor Muriel Bowser to the D.C. Council on Tuesday is meant to improve ambulance response times and ease the EMS burden of the city’s fire department, according to a CBS News report.

The report said that the city has 39 ambulances on duty at any given time and is receiving more than 500 911 calls a day. This results in the city running out of ambulances and asking neighboring jurisdictions for help.

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