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May 28, 2014

Elderly woman transported to hospital in D.C. fire truck

A 90-year-old woman had to wait at least 45 minutes; she fell unconscious while waiting

By EMS1 Staff

WASHINGTON — An elderly woman was transported to a hospital in a fire truck after an ambulance never showed up.

My Fox DC reported that a 90-year-old woman had to wait at least 45 minutes to be taken to the hospital after an ambulance that was sent never showed up.

An engine crew took the woman to the hospital after she fell unconscious while waiting, according to the report. The ambulance crew had been rerouted to another call. 

D.C. Fire and EMS confirmed the incident and it is currently under investigation, according to the report.

DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG
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Christopher Maloney Christopher Maloney Wednesday, May 28, 2014 2:59:22 PM At least they didn't call the cops to do it..
Mark Creaven Mark Creaven Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:18:19 PM ok. the system is broken. but don't blame the providers.
Lennard Fadlen Lennard Fadlen Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:31:28 AM its not the ems crews fault but the ones who are running the system , so sad that in this instance that they almost cost someone their life
Brian J Schlote Brian J Schlote Thursday, May 29, 2014 9:48:50 AM This isn't the first time!
Ian R Frankel Ian R Frankel Friday, May 30, 2014 5:59:32 AM Couldn't the fire company call dispatch and ask where the ambulance was or if it was coming to that address?
Friday, May 30, 2014 6:09:56 AM Dispatcher error? Big shock. Too many letting the computers do the thinking for them and not using common sense. They get attitude to boot when you try and help out by letting them know of an error.

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