Investigation: Does Chicago have an ambulance shortage?

City audit found response times below NFPA standards, medics say there's not enough ambulances


CHICAGO — If you have a life-threatening condition will the city get an ambulance to you in time?

CBS 2′s Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association investigated and found they may not. That’s why paramedics say the city needs more paramedics and ambulances.

Take the case of Lynn Ramos. She was crossing Washington Street in the Loop last month when she was struck by a 2-ton postal truck.

Fire engines with a paramedic on board arrived in about four minutes to extricate her from under a wheel of the truck. In recorded calls, one of them can be heard asking a city dispatcher why an ambulance hasn’t shown up yet.

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