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New Paramedics Join D.C. Fire and EMS Department

Nine new medics begin work in the Nation’s Capital

 

 
 
 

MILA MIMICA, NBC Washington | | Thursday, October 17, 2013


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WASHINGTON (NBC Washington) - After months of understaffed firehouses and ambulances, nine new paramedics will join D.C. Fire and EMS Thursday.

The "single-role" paramedics are the first of their kind to join the department in nearly a decade, according to a news release from the District. They would be solely responsible for providing medical care in emergency situations, instead of juggling the role of a paramedic with that of a firefighter.

JEMS: D.C. Hires Single-Role Medics

The fire department says one out of every five calls in the District requires a paramedic. Paramedics are able to provide advanced life support, or ALS, such as administering life-saving drugs, using complex defribillators and intubating patients.

A variance has been granted to the D.C. Fire department to hire these "single-role" paramedics through September 2014.

According to documents obtained by the News4's I-Team, the D.C. Fire Department had 181 vacancies -- including firefighters and paramedics -- as of June 2013.

During the Navy Yard shooting last month, the News4 I-Team learned nine D.C. fire stations were operating without paramedics. Ambulance units at Company 7 and Company 8, the closest stations to the Navy Yard, were operating in a "downgraded" status -- meaning they did not have a paramedic on board who could offer advanced life-saving services

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