WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — District of Columbia officials are continuing to investigate whether some fire department rescue services were inappropriately out of service at a time when a police officer was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash, Deputy Mayor Paul Quander said Friday.
An ambulance from neighboring Prince George’s County had to be called to assist the injured officer Tuesday night because no D.C. fire department ambulance was immediately available to respond. The fire and emergency medical services department ordinarily has 39 transport units, but when the call for service came in, 10 were out of service.
Quander said he’s been unable to account for “a couple” of those ambulances and is trying to determine whether they were inappropriately pulled from service at the time and should have been able to respond. Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the public safety committee, is also investigating.