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Posted at 9:43 AM ET, 10/29/2010

D.C. ambulance crew under investigation

By Washington Post editors

D.C. Fire and EMS is investigating the actions of an ambulance crew that reportedly failed to respond to one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence in the District in years, Fox 5 reports.

On March 30, nine people were shot in the 4000 block of South Capitol Street in the Washington Highlands neighborhood. According to the TV station, the ambulance crew, which was about a mile and a half away from the shooting, never came to the scene. The fire department's tracking system shows the ambulance driving away from the scene.

Three people would die in the attack.

The incident is being investigated by the D.C. Fire and EMS trial board.

By Washington Post editors  | October 29, 2010; 9:43 AM ET
 
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Comments

Did they need police protection to go there?

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 29, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Why should police, firemen or EMT's endanger themselves at work when they can successfully fake a bad back and receive tax-free disability for life?

Montgomery County, MD has more on disability than straight retirement!

Posted by: cibor | October 29, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Does the Washington Post or Channel 5 have ANY ethical standards anymore? Did it ever occur to any of the "editors" who posted this story that the situation may have been too dangerous for an ambulance crew to respond to until police locked the scene down? EMS crews are specifically trained to LEAVE ANY UNSAFE SCENE IMMEDIATELY.

The Post should be guided by journalistic integrity, not their lust to break the story first.

Oh and by the way, Trial Boards dont investigate incidents, the officers at Fire/EMS do. This incident will never see a trial board, nor will the Post issue a correction when this allegation is determined to be unfounded, mark my words.

Stop beating up on the hard-working professionals at the Fire Department.

Posted by: amyzandjoe | October 29, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Why should the EMTs risk their life? I'm surprised any willingly go into the projects.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 29, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Without adding to the pro- or anti-law enforcement vitriol, the article does not say whether the ambulance crew was actually dispatched to the crime scene. They were over a mile away, so it's not like they would have heard it and gone on their own volition.

Posted by: flotsam3 | October 29, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

As a former Navy Corpsman,I find this troubling. If you take on a profession that may call for you to go in harms way, you do it. Stop making excuses for these guys. If you don't don't want to deal with dangerous situations, don't go into emergency services.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 29, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

jckdoors wrote:

As a former Navy Corpsman,I find this troubling.

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Your experience must've been scary, being on a boat; especially with all the other powerful navies in the world.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 29, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

jckdoors I totally agree with you on the matter it is no different than someone joining the military and then refusing to go to war when they know that is apart of the job or a possibility.

Secondly the scene was flooded with police and other medical personnel from the fire department.

kenk3 wasn't the projects a public street where people were leaving work, walking to the store, conversing on the sidewalk, etc. etc. you know the same things I am sure you do on a day to day basis. Futhermore if it were a project who the hell cares as a HARD WORKING PROFESSIONAL District resident who pays taxes for services that pays the salaries of hard working professionals at the Fire Department as Posted by: amyzandjoe that is one of the services I am everyone in the city is entitled to regardless of your address. It's so easy to make ignorant and rude statements because it hasn't hit home for those making the stupid statments. If your child was shot as she was on her way back home from dropping a book bag to her best friend I wonder if that would be your same response?


Posted by: DJBJ | October 29, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

jckdoors I totally agree with you on the matter it is no different than someone joining the military and then refusing to go to war when they know that is apart of the job or a possibility.

Secondly the scene was flooded with police and other medical personnel from the fire department.

kenk3 wasn't the projects a public street where people were leaving work, walking to the store, conversing on the sidewalk, etc. etc. you know the same things I am sure you do on a day to day basis. Futhermore if it were a project who the hell cares as a HARD WORKING PROFESSIONAL District resident who pays taxes for services that pays the salaries of hard working professionals at the Fire Department as Posted by: amyzandjoe that is one of the services I am everyone in the city is entitled to regardless of your address. It's so easy to make ignorant and rude statements because it hasn't hit home for those making the stupid statments. If your child was shot as she was on her way back home from dropping a book bag to her best friend I wonder if that would be your same response?


Posted by: DJBJ | October 29, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

EMS people know when the apply for the position know that they might be called upon to go into a dangerous situation. The fact that EMS dispatch issued a call out for all available EMS units to go the the scene meant that the EMS unit knew it would not be alone so the only reason for not going is to avoid having to do their job.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | October 29, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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