D.C. Fire Adding Even More Paramedics, Ambulances

By Mila Mimica and Scott MacFarlane
|  Monday, Nov 25, 2013  |  Updated 6:59 PM EDT
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News4 has learned the D.C. Fire Department will be announcing the hire of nine new paramedics Tuesday following an internal investigation.

Scott MacFarlane

News4 has learned the D.C. Fire Department will be announcing the hire of nine new paramedics Tuesday following an internal investigation.

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The D.C. Fire Department will announce new paramedic hires, new ambulances and a new computer system Tuesday, News4's Scott MacFarlane has learned.

News4 I-Team has been covering the struggling department for months, tracking slow response times, understaffed stations, and a lack of "single-role" paramedics.

Following the findings of an internal investigation, the department will be announcing nine more paramedic hires next week, 30 new ambulances by the end of the year, and a re-boot of the department's computer system, used to track the ambulances.

"We're talking about trying to resolve a system that's been broken for 15 to 20 years," Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe told News4. "We're addressing long-standing problems."

Last month, Ellerbe announced the hire of nine new "single-role" paramedics to the department -- the first of their kind in D.C. in nearly a decade.

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

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