A March 21 report by the deputy mayor for public safety claimed a Washington, D.C. ambulance and 2 medic units were within a 4-mile radius of an officer that was struck and severely injured March 5, but did not respond to the scene. The report alleges the fire stations failed to properly monitor for emergency calls.
As fellow officers frantically shouted for an ambulance the evening of March 5, a paramedic with a fire engine tended to the police officer who had been run over by a car and had massive, crushing injuries to his lower body. Almost 20 minutes later, an ambulance from Prince George's County arrived.
Ambulance 15 was in its fire station on 14th Street SE -- four miles from the crash scene -- when one of the crew claimed he closed the lip on the computer, not realizing he'd logged off the automated dispatching system for almost an hour, according to the report.
Seven employees are being disciplined for failing to follow protocols, the Associated Press reported.
Source: To read the article in full, see: NBC Washington, http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Report-3-Ambulances-Improperly-Out-of-Service-When-DC-Police-Officer-Was-Struck-199444121.html