The Washington Times - June 10, 2011, 01:27PM

The D.C. Firefighters Association says a significant amount of ambulances in the city fleet remain without air conditioning in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave.

Now they are being joined in their efforts to fix the situation by the professional association National Nurses United. In a letter on Friday to Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the groups urged the mayor the city’s ambulances are in working order and have operational air conditioners.

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“Last week, seven of the city’s Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department 25 basic life support ambulances — or 28 percent — were out of service,” the letter says. “Many ambulances suffered from dysfunctional air-conditioning systems. One ambulance without a working air-conditioner was ordered back in service by a deputy chief even though a Department of Health inspector ordered it off the road after finding the patients’ compartment was 107 degrees.”

The letter was signed by Brad Burton, mid-atlantic regional director of National Nurses United; Margaret Shanks, president of the DC Nurses Association; and Edward Smith, President of the D.C. Fire Fighters Association Local 36.

In a press release issued Friday, Mr. Smith details which ambulances are out of service:

As of 1700 hours on 9 June 2011, the following units remain without air-conditioning:

Ambulance 01: 2225 M Street NW

Ambulance 13: 450 6th Street SW

Ambulance 15: 2101 14th Street SE

Basic 19: 2813 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Ambulance 25: 3203 M.L. King Ave SE

Ambulance 27: 4201 Minnesota Ave NE

Medic 27: 4201 Minnesota Ave NE

Basic 30: No. 50 49th Street NE

Medic 31: 4930 Connecticut Ave NW

In addition to the units listed above Ambulance 22 had their air-conditioning fixed having gone several days without the ability to cool the patient compartment. Medic 8 has been out of service for 68 hours with mechanical problems and has been replaced with a Chevrolet Tahoe, as the department no longer has any reserve transport units!