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D.C. Councilman Finds Few Ambulances Available During 911 Center Tour

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Ongoing issues with D.C.’s emergency medical staff came to the forefront Monday after a D.C. councilman toured a district 911 call center and discovered that there were only three medical transport units available for the entire city.

Councilman Tommy Wells said in a statement Monday that the three emergency transport units were also located in NW.

This is not to say that there were no other emergency response vehicles working. During Wells’ visit to the call center at the non-peak time 10:30 a.m., 31 units were on a response call or at a hospital while five of the remaining eight ambulances weren’t available for unnamed reasons.

“This is exactly why we must take a long, hard look at the proposed ambulance redeployment plan. The prevailing issues with our Fire and EMS fleet readiness are of grave concern to me, the Council, and the public,” Wells said in a statement.

Earlier this year, D.C. Fire Chief Ken Ellerbe said nearly half of the city’s ambulances are out of service.

The city’s emergency department has been in the spotlight after an MPD officer waited for more than 20 minutes after he was injured in SE D.C.