There have been several recent incidents where slow ambulance response times resulted in seriously injured individuals having to wait a significant amount of time before receiving any type of emergency treatment. One Washington D.C. news source reported that during one week in March there were three incidents where injured people had to wait over 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived.
In the first incident, an injured police officer called for an ambulance. However, it never arrived. Finally, fellow officers ended up taking the injured officer to the hospital. D.C.’s 911 center stated that unfortunately there were no ambulances available when the officer called for assistance. After the fact, the center claimed that generally ambulances should arrive within eight minutes of dispatch.
That same week, a motorcycle crashed into a car and became airborne as it was leaving a garage near 7th and E streets. The man suffered serious injuries, yet ambulances did not arrive until about 22 minutes after they were called to the scene. Finally, an individual was stabbed in southeast D.C. and needed emergency medical treatment. That victim had to wait almost 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.