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DC Council to consider new ambulance plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. Council committee is considering a plan to improve the city's overtaxed emergency medical system.

Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed a new plan to deploy more ambulances during the day and reduce the numbers deployed overnight.

The council rejected an earlier proposal was over concerns that it would have left the city without a single ambulance staffed with a paramedic overnight.

The new plan would keep paramedics on some ambulances at all hours, but more would put more on duty during the day and early evening. A council hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Friday.

The city has struggled to provide timely emergency response, and dozens of paramedics have left the department. Both leading candidates for mayor have said they plan to replace Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe.

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