The District of Columbia’s fire chief has apologized for recent failures that led to slow ambulance response times, but two D.C. councilmembers say they remain concerned about the chief’s management of the department given its staff and equipment shortages.
A Washington man who was billed after his father died while waiting for an ambulance says he has gathered more than 170,000 signatures online protesting the charge.
District of Columbia officials say there were three city fire department ambulances that could have transported a seriously injured police officer who had to wait 15 minutes for an ambulance from Prince George’s County.
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.
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.
A District of Columbia police officer seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash had to wait at least 15 minutes for an ambulance from Prince George’s County because none were available in Washington.
D.C. fire officials are proposing a change to ambulance shifts that would remove 14 advanced life-support vehicles from service during overnight hours.