When you think of a fire fighter you see someone charging into a burning building to protect you and your family.
Yet, 80% of 911 calls in D.C. are medical in nature. Thus, a fire fighter with EMS training is much more likely to be rushing the sick and injured to a hospital rather than fighting a fire.
Meanwhile, for many uninsured residents of Washington, DC, 911 is their only form of health coverage.
The District's Emergency Rooms are consistently overfilled. D.C. paramedics are overburdened with an ever increasing work load. Ambulances are breaking down and District residents are not getting the care they need.