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    Pulling paramedics off shifts appears unique to D.C.

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  • "A lot of the daytime calls, which may come through 911 as being cardiac, they often turn out to be less than acute emergencies," Mr. Romano said. "They are not of the moment-by-moment criticality where a paramedic means a difference."

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  • "In the [emergency medical services] world, it is not uncommon that deployment patterns shift depending on the time of day and call volume," said Arthur Romano, deputy director of EMS for Greenwich, Conn., explaining that shifts and downgrades are most often done to save money. "But they are shifting levels of care at the nighttime hours, which is somewhat unusual."

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