DC floats shutting down fire station to increase on-duty medics
The controversial plan would increase the number of medics during peak call times by replacing fire trucks with ambulances at a neighborhood station
WASHINGTON D.C. — The District’s fire chief has revamped a proposal to increase the number of ambulances during peak call times, an idea that failed last year after concerns were raised that it meant service would be diminished during the overnight hours.
Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe now wants to keep 25 ambulances and 14 advanced life support units on the streets 24 hours a day, but add six additional Medics on overlapping schedules when call volumes are the greatest — from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
But to do that, Ellerbe said he has to shut down Engine 6 and Truck 4, which serve the Shaw neighborhood in a station located on New Jersey Avenue in Northwest. The station would remain open; the fire engine and truck would be replaced by ambulances and firefighters sent to other fire houses.