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D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services has come under scrutiny in recent months for problems with city ambulances.
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D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services has come under scrutiny in recent months for problems with city ambulances.

The D.C. fire department says it will pay an outside firm $180,000 to examine its much maligned fleet of ambulances.

One of any city's most critical responsibilities is the ability to respond to emergencies. But a series of scandals and critical reports have raised questions about D.C.'s fleet of ambulances.

There have been several high-profile incidents where ambulances weren't available for injured or ill patients, and the D.C. Council released a report last month slamming the readiness of the fleet.

Worse yet, just this week the city announced that so many ambulances needed to be repaired because of the heatwave that it inked a short-term deal with a pair of private ambulance companies. The firms promised to provide emergency transport units at special events, like Washington Nationals games and concerts at the Verizon Center.

The city has 39 ambulances and four in reserve.

The outside audit will take up to eight weeks to complete.

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