The fire extinguisher is not just for show
The review found:
- City ambulances with delayed response times to 911 calls going back years – including a 2-year-old East Boston girl seizing for nearly 20 minutes as her family waited for an ambulance to arrive.
- First responders ordered to function like a shared taxi or bus service – stopping to pick up two patients from two separate calls in the same ambulance on their way to the hospital.
- There are times when no city ambulances are available to respond to serious emergencies at all
Over a four-month review, 25 Investigates found that Holt’s experience is hardly an isolated incident.
The city’s own records show Boston EMS hasn’t met its goal of responding to the most critical calls in six minutes or less since 2013.
All I have to say is wow. and I thought DC EMS was bad.....“Why would you ever put more than one person in an ambulance [who were not involved in the same incident]?” Investigative Reporter Eric Rasmussen asked Chief Hooley.
Hooley insisted incidents of two strangers sharing an ambulance are rare, saying, “It’s about trying to be a little more efficient.”