D.C. Fire Chief Will Try to Add Ambulances Without Losing FIre Truck

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    D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will try to add six ambulances to a fire house without relocating its fire truck. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Friday, April 11, 2014)

    D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will try to add six ambulances to a centrally located fire station without removing its fire truck.

    Ellerbe wants to add six ambulances from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., when calls for medical help are highest, at Engine Six in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest D.C.

    "This station already has a vehicle bay and support equipment to house the additional transport units and is centrally located in the core of the district where the most calls occur during peak load hours," Ellerbe said at a hearing Friday.

    D.C. Council members expressed concern about relocating the Engine Six fire truck to make room for the ambulances.

    "Let's add these transport units, but what's causing heartburn is closing a fire house to the fire trucks," Council member Tommy Wells said.

    Ellerbe told the council he may be able to add the ambulances without moving the fire trucks.

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