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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

By Hamil Harris  |  May 28, 2009; 5:20 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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This is Fenty's version of improvement. it's time to act nice and to get ready for the 2010 campaign and re-election. How can we start talking about improvements when the EMS workers are complaining about the obsolete equipment that drops calls, computers freezing and emergency calls that just don't go through. That's improvement? Not to mention that equipment that is not surplus can be found on its way to a foreign country via a felons organization and the fire chief knows nothing about it. Get real!

Posted by: candycane1 | May 29, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Candycane, while you know I always agree with your posts, don't forget workers and their rights do not matter!! Labor unions and the people they protect and serve are summarily disrespected in DC, our nation's capital. And right on with the campaign comment because it is all about mayor charlatan having another four-year reign of terror so he can keep the educational benevolent dictator in place. And that's not name calling, that's a title she gave herself.

Posted by: southyrndiva | May 29, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

southyrndiva: Thanks for adding that. You are so right.

Posted by: candycane1 | May 30, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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