DC Fire and EMS adding even more medics, ambulances

"We're talking about trying to resolve a system that's been broken for 15 to 20 years. We're addressing a long-standing problem," Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said


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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Fire Department will announce new paramedic hires, new ambulances and a new computer system Tuesday, News4's Scott MacFarlane has learned.

News4 I-Team has been covering the struggling department for months, tracking slow response times, understaffed stations, and a lack of "single-role" paramedics.

Following the findings of an internal investigation, the department will be announcing nine more paramedic hires next week, 30 new ambulances by the end of the year, and a re-boot of the department's computer system, used to track the ambulances.

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