67 DC ambulances taken out of service for repair in July
Nearly three-fourths of the department's ambulance fleet were not in service in order undergo repairs last month
WASHINGTON — DC Fire spokesman Tim Wilson confirms that nearly three-fourths of the department's ambulance fleet were not in service in order undergo repairs last month. Wilson says new data showed the soaring temperatures caused problems for the ambulances' air conditioning systems.
The data showed that from July 19 to July 26, 67 ambulances required mechanical service while 22 of those ambulances were serviced more than two times. Wilson says most ambulances were repaired and put back on the streets within hours.
According to Wilson, 39 ambulances should be available at all times. Wilson tells us that the department maintains 94 ambulances, but notes that not all of them are functional.
More than a dozen ambulances were not in service on Wednesday, according to Wilson. Wilson says the department has had to run available ambulances constantly, which puts a strain on those ambulances during heat waves.