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L.A. City Council Considers Cutting Ambulances

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The Los Angeles City Council is considering another money-saving proposal: whether to make cuts in emergency ambulance service. Debate was punctuated Tuesday by a human drama in the council chambers.

The Los Angeles City Council was considering more cuts in the fire department’s ambulances Tuesday when a councilman’s aide collapsed. The chamber was full of Los Angeles Fire Department brass and trained firefighters who rushed to help.

Paramedics were called to the chamber as the council continued to hear testimony about trimming the number of ambulances on call. The aide was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

Luis Gonzalez told of losing his father to a heart attack on February 23. The only fire station in his neighborhood in El Sereno is Station 16. To save money, it was recommended that Station 16’s ambulance be taken out of service for half of each day.

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