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Man billed after father dies waiting for ambulance

The family reportedly waited for more than 30 minutes for an ambulance

By Arturo Garcia
The Raw Story

WASHINGTON — A Washington D.C. man is complaining after being sent a bill for nearly $800 for ambulance services that failed to save his father’s life.

“I feel angry. Upset,” Durand Ford Jr. told WRC-TV on Friday. “I’m disturbed that we even received this bill.”

The bill for $780.85 stems from Ford’s call to DC Fire & EMS (DCFEMS) on New Year’s Eve when his father, 71-year-old Durand Ford Sr., began having problems breathing. Records show the younger Ford called 911 at 1:25 a.m. that night. But while the fire department dispatched a vehicle to his house nine minutes later, no ambulances were available. DCFEMS officials called for assistance from Prince George County, more than seven miles away, 22 minutes later. A medical unit from Prince George County arrived at Ford’s home at 1:58 a.m., by which point the elder Ford had died.

Full story: Bereaved son billed for ambulance that failed to save his father


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Andrew Tucker Andrew Tucker Monday, February 11, 2013 1:35:10 PM Twenty-two minutes after arriving on scene FD calls for an ambulance? WTH?
Dan Howard Dan Howard Monday, February 11, 2013 1:46:03 PM the FD couldn't bag the guy or do CPR? that's 100% bullshit. shitty fire department and shitty response time. as an EMT myself, even I think this guy should get a shit load of money for the emergency services fucking up.
Michael Fertig Michael Fertig Monday, February 11, 2013 1:56:22 PM Sad? Yes. Sometimes the system just breaks down. A system that can answer every call without fail every minute of the day is a dream but unrealalistic. There will always be gaps.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Monday, February 11, 2013 2:13:05 PM This was New Year's Eve, the night over 100 FF/Paramedics/EMTs called in sick. This was a headline story. You would think after they made headlines in many countries in every corner of the world over this patient they would have been more careful about their billing.
Chad Angle Chad Angle Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:26:34 PM Maybe everyone should wait for the full story?
Jesse K. B. Spruell Jesse K. B. Spruell Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:06:55 PM DSH. First thing it states 9 minutes until a DC unit was dispatched. If it is trouble breathing it may not get an engine unless requested, a certain time frame, our a change of EMD. A normal Respiratory gets just a Medic. If you add difficulty speaking you get fire. Niw if you say sick and answer yes to the question about trouble breathing it will be a poll erted as trouble breathing but a first responder wil lol be sent if longer distant unit is due. AT it was 22 minutes until the Ambo arrived noy dispatched. So in short what Angle said. There could have a traffic incjdent that caused delay. Like if th original unit crashed. Or even diverted to do CPR on someone already not breathing. Im in EMS toi unlik the first person I know how nasty the media can be. Not saying he did not wait a long time but heytell your friends to put on bandages for paper cuts.
Story City Ambulance Story City Ambulance Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:39:09 AM hope your spelling and grammer in your run reports aren't as poor as this post....
Rose Hocog Rose Hocog Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:23:01 AM He should sue.
Patricia Spell Patricia Spell Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:11:18 AM That is just wrong!
Chuck Cooper Chuck Cooper Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:42:26 PM hmmmm.... 0125 on New Years eve. I doubt there is one medic in here, who works in a large city, that can't exactly relate to "no EMS available". 17 yrs in the City of Atalanta.. never fails. Until services are allowed to really triage and dispatch calls the drunk and silly will continue to suck resources dry, while the true need goes unfulfilled.

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