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D.C. Fire, EMS Receive Record Calls

Update: 11:03 p.m.
A D.C. Fire Department press release reports the District Emergency Services received a record number of calls on the day of the Inauguration. According to the release:

Approximately 500 calls for service were answered by Fire & EMS personnel dedicated to the National Mall and Inaugural Parade route. Of those calls, 201 people were transported to local hospitals for injuries, most of which were considered non-life-threatening.

In addition, between the hours of 4:00 AM and 7:00 PM, the department answered 866 calls citywide for service coming in through the regular 911 process. The department handles approximately 500 calls during a typical 24-hour period.

DC Fire & EMS was able to utilize resources provided by the federal government and by surrounding jurisdictions. In all, more than 200 ambulances were brought to bear to use during the inaugural events and to provide coverage during the evening inaugural balls.

Chief Dennis L. Rubin expressed gratitude for the mutual aid provided by federal and surrounding agencies. He also praised DC firefighters for "their continued dedication to excellence."

Original Post:

(2:45 p.m. - 500 F St., Engine 2, DC Fire EMS Inaugural Command Center)

D.C. Fire/EMS Chief Dennis L. Rubin said that the agency has received 143 inaugural-related calls for service, having to do with falls and cold-weather issues, and that 41 people were transported to hospitals.

Rubin said earlier reports of a woman giving birth at a medical tent at were false.

Rubin said emergency personnel were also responding to injuries related to the mass movement of people from the U.S. Capitol at the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremony, to the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. He said he would report later on those incidents.

Rubin said several medical tents on the Mall were converted to warming stations, where people received warm liquids and a place to rest, even if for a moment.

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Amy L. Kovac  |  January 20, 2009; 11:03 PM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Weather
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