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D.C. firefighter/EMT fired for stopping at Chick-fil-A ahead of ALS call

Ambulance 3 was the closest EMS unit to a woman experiencing chest pain


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By Bill Carey

WASHINGTON — A Washington, D.C. firefighter, who, along with his partner, made a stop for fast food during an emergency call in March, has been fired, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Two firefighter/EMTs, who were part of Ambulance 3, decided to make a stop at a Chick-fil-A in Northeast D.C. around 4 p.m. on March 24, instead of responding directly to a call for a woman experiencing chest pain at a Kaiser Permanente facility approximately a mile away, NBC4 reported.

Ambulance 3 was the closest EMS unit at the time of the call.

A trial board reviewed the case and reached an agreement to terminate his employment.

A representative from D.C. Fire and EMS told NBC4 that the firefighter/EMT is no longer affiliated with the department.

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