Private ambulance service partnership begins in DC

The partnership with AMR will allow less D.C. Fire and EMS ambulances to be tied up responding to non-emergency calls

WASHINGTON — A partnership between D.C. Fire and EMS and American Medical Response is set to begin Monday.

NBC Washington reported the private service will respond to non-life threatening calls to help alleviate call volume issues that have plagued the district.

D.C. Fire and EMS will respond to all 911 calls in the district. Once they arrive, they will assess the patient and determine how the patient should be transported to the hospital. If a patient has a life-threatening injury or illness, D.C. Fire and EMS will transport them to the nearest hospital. AMR will transport patients with minor injuries.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the partnership should help keep response times short and give firefighters and paramedics extra time for training.

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