Investigate systemic failures in Fire and EMS response
  • Petitioned The District of Columbia City Council

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Investigate the nearly 40 minute wait for an ambulance
The District of Columbia City Council

Investigate systemic failures in Fire and EMS response

    1. D. Ford
    2. Petition by

      D. Ford

      Washington, DC

My father died waiting over 30 minutes for an ambulance.

Another man ,who was stabbed, was transported on the back of a fire truck because no ambulances were available. 

To:
The District of Columbia City Council, Investigate the nearly 40 minute wait for an ambulance
Investigate systemic failures in Fire and EMS response.
Over the last year many families have suffered due to slow response from D.C. Fire and EMS. The city has caught the department's budget drastically. The citizens deserve better emergency service.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. 40 minute wait for an ambulance.

      D. Ford
      by D. Ford
      Petition Organizer
      Son: Father Died Waiting for D.C. Ambulance

      In an exclusive interview, a D.C. man told News4 that his father died on New Year's Eve while waiting 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive -- the same night that dozens of D.C. firefighters called out sick. Durand Ford Jr.

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Man Billed After Father Dies Waiting for Ambulance

      D. Ford
      by D. Ford
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Man-Billed-After-Father-Dies-Waiting-for-Ambulance-190518701.html
      Durand Ford, Jr. says DC Fire & EMS has sent him a $780.85 bill for an ambulance that he called for his father early on the morning of January 1.

      Ford tells News4 that his father died waiting for that ambulance, after it took more than 30 minutes to arrive.

      “I feel angry. Upset,” Ford said. “I’m disturbed that we even received this bill.”

      Ford said he and his family called 911 in the early hours of New Year's Day because his father, 71-year-old Durand Ford, Sr. had trouble breathing.

      According to records, the 911 call was made at 1:25 a.m. A DC fire truck arrived only nine minutes later, but an ambulance was unavailable. According to Prince George’s County Fire & EMS records, DC Fire did not call Prince George’s County for assistance until 1:47 a.m. One minute later, the county dispatched an ambulance from Oxon Hill to go to Ford’s home in Southeast Washington.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cassie Huisinga KINGSTON, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      I lived in DC for over 5 years. I heard many a story like this. It is the reason people who can afford to move to Virginia. Why not tax wages made in DC in DC. Allowing all of your money to be taxed by VA or MD is also part of your problem.

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    • Christopher Cucore HOLIDAY, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      The people of DC are not being served and in the process their lives are in danger!

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    • Demetria Johnson COLUMBIA, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      It's a disgrace that thi fire company never showed up but than had the nerve to bill the deceased patients family. We are only going to see worse while the fat cat's pockets just keep getting deeper and deeper!

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    • Dawn Woodard PORT TOBACCO, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I have family and friends who live in DC and might need an emergency response.

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    • LaVette Howard-Smith ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      To save lives with a faster response time.

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