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Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe says the D.C. fire department will buy new ambulances and hire single-role paramedics to bolster response capabilities. A news conference with Mayor Vincent C. Gray at the Chinatown fire station Tuesday got testy as the paramedic plan runs counter to recommendations made years ago. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe says the D.C. fire department will buy new ambulances and hire single-role paramedics to bolster response capabilities. A news conference with Mayor Vincent C. Gray at the Chinatown fire station Tuesday got testy as the paramedic plan runs counter to recommendations made years ago. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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