DC Fire and EMS to begin using private ambulances

The move comes in the midst of controversy over how the department is run after director Jullette Saussy resigned last week

WASHINGTON — D.C. Fire and EMS will soon begin using private ambulances in an attempt to supplement current resources.

Wtop.com reported the temporary contract will begin in 30 days with American Medical Response.

The use of private ambulance services is a point of contention in D.C. and part of the reason medical director Jullette Saussy resigned last week after seven months on the job.  Saussy thought the department should focus on improving the current staff’s ability to provide quality medical care before adding staff and equipment.

Despite the controversy, Mayor Muriel Bowser has said she is committed to improving the department.

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