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Vt. state EMS chief on leave after allegedly being impaired on call

Paramedic Bambi Dame was determined unfit for duty after Northwestern Medical Center staff reported signs of impairment

By Bill Carey

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — The emergency medical services chief for the Vermont Department of Health has been placed on leave following allegations of being impaired on a call as a paramedic.

Paramedic Bambi Dame was determined to be unfit for duty after staff at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans reported signs of impairment, WCAX reported.

Dame had arrived at the hospital as a paramedic working for Fairfax Rescue to transport a patient to the UVM Medical Center when hospital staffers reported the signs, according to WCAX.

Officials said Dame did not engage with patients or drive the ambulance.