WASHINGTON — A controversial redeployment plan that would leave D.C. ambulances staffed with no paramedics during the overnight hours will not take effect until next year at the soonest, as stakeholders consider the benefits of a proposal that national authorities are calling everything from "innovative" to "unconscionable."
The plan, introduced last month by D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, would pull paramedics from 14 ambulances between 1 and 7 a.m. and instead have them available for calls during busier hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Paramedics' shifts would be staggered, increasing the number of ambulances able to provide advanced life support during the afternoon hours, when fire officials say call volume is highest.
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