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D.C. Councilmember Calls for Hearing on Ambulance Response Time

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The chairman of the D.C. Council’s public safety committee plans to call top fire department officials in for a hearing to explain why no city ambulances were available to help an injured police officer this week.

Councilmember Tommy Wells says he plans to call a hearing within two weeks. He says that should give city officials enough time to investigate and determine what happened.

On Tuesday night, the officer was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash. The officer had to then wait at least 15 minutes for an ambulance from Prince George’s County to respond.

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander said Wednesday that he’s ordering an investigation.

Similar concerns arose Thursday after a man was taken to the hospital in a firetruck because the nearest ambulance was miles away.

The heads of the police and firefighters unions called the lack of a D.C. ambulance unacceptable.

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