Mayor Fenty: Fire Department Improving
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said today that the city's fire and emergency medical service departments continues to make improvements agreed to in a settlement with the family of David Rosenbaum, a New York Times reporter who died after failing to get proper treatment following a mugging near his home in Northwest Washington.
The mayor was joined by Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin, Dr. James Augustine, medical director for Fire and Emergency Medical Service, and members of the Rosenbaum family outside Engine Co. 16, on 13th Street NW.
The city officials released a survey that found a 140 percent improvement in the outcome of 120 patients who suffered cardiac arrest between Dec 1, 2008 and April 30 of this year. The study also found the fire department had improved the way patient information is reported, the length of time it takes ambulances to get to hospitals and in the way people feel they are being treated by ambulance crews.
Fenty said the reports shows that the department, "is heading in the right direction," and Marcus Rosenbaum, the brother of David Rosenbaum, said: "I just hope that we will see constant progress and if they are getting better, then I am happy."
David Rosenbaum, 63, was mugged and beaten near his home in January 2006. He died two days later of a brain injury. Firefighters and emergency workers thought he was drunk and failed to provide proper treatement. Rosenbaum's family filed suit against the city, but dropped it in return for promises by the Fenty administration to reform the city's EMS system.
Hamil R. Harris
May 28, 2009; 5:20 PM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety , Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty
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