The District’s fire chief is to announce Tuesday that he wants to put more ambulances on the streets during peak times, starting roughly with the morning rush hour, and curtail service during slower overnight periods.
A department spokesman said that the city’s fleet of 14 paramedic units, which have the most advanced lifesaving equipment and best-trained personnel, would be pulled from service from about 1 to 7 a.m. under a proposal that would require D.C. Council approval.
That change would allow the department to put more paramedic units on the street when fire and rescue officials say they’re needed most — from early morning to about midday, they said.
“We’re going to ramp up those busy times,” said Lon Walls, the communications director of the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe said the planned changes are based on “over a year’s worth of data that we have gathered.”