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February 24, 2014

DC medics transport seizing child in fire truck

Medics who responded to a toddler having a seizure were praised for their decision not to wait for an ambulance to travel in rush hour traffic

NBC Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. — D.C. emergency responders were forced to take a toddler to the hospital in a fire truck after learning the closest ambulance was several miles away.

Sources tell News4 a fire truck from Company 33 in southeast Washington transported a toddler having a seizure to the hospital at 5 p.m. Friday. The paramedics made the decision to transport the child to United Medical Center after learning the closest ambulance would have to travel seven miles in rush hour traffic to get to the scene.

The decision is being praised by D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe.

Read full storyD.C. Fire Truck Takes Child to Hospital; Closest Ambulance 7 Miles Away

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