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Four men were shot in Northeast D.C. on Wednesday afternoon and at least two of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
Officials at the Verizon Center have terminated a long-running contract agreement with the D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services for ambulance coverage during events at the sports and entertainment venue.
A man who was airlifted from the Mall after setting himself on fire Friday afternoon has died of his injuries, police reported.
A man who poured a can of gasoline on his head and set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation's capital has been airlifted to the hospital, police and fire officials said Friday afternoon.
A deputy fire chief appointed earlier this year to oversee the D.C. fire department's troubled apparatus division is being demoted to battalion chief after the embarrassing discovery that several ambulances were repaired with street signs.
The District's first day of school got off to a bumpy start with two early morning school bus crashes, according to police.
The D.C. ambulance that caught fire at a hospital Tuesday and the unit that served as a back-up to the presidential motorcade when another ran out of gas came from the same fire house but were not the same vehicle, fire officials said Wednesday.
City officials have asked police to investigate two fires that occurred Tuesday aboard D.C. ambulances amid a series of embarrassing failures with the District's emergency medical fleet that has affected everyone from regular residents to the president of the United States.
A D.C. fire department ambulance customarily accompanies a presidential motorcade as it departs from the White House. But when a motorcade left Thursday, the ambulance remained behind on the South Lawn. It had run out of gas.
Nearly three-fourths of the D.C. fire department's ambulance fleet had to be pulled from the streets for repairs during a July heat wave that wreaked havoc on the units' air conditioning systems, according to new data provided by the department.
Widespread ambulance breakdowns brought on by high summer temperatures have overwhelmed the D.C. fire department — causing it to send 22 ambulances to other agency's mechanics for repairs and to outsource coverage of special events to private ambulance companies for the coming weeks, according to agency officials.
A D.C. Council member is calling on the District's fire chief to resign, after the release last week of a committee report that questioned the chief's leadership ability and recommended disapproval of his signature ambulance redeployment plan.
Seven people were injured in a crash involving two vehicles near Union Station on Wednesday morning in which three pedestrians were struck.
D.C. police officers fired their weapons in two shootings that occurred in broad daylight Wednesday.
Prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a former Marine charged with killing four people, including a prostitute featured on HBO's "Cathouse" series, an Oklahoma judge ruled Thursday.
Under the contract — which netted the city approximately $250,000 annually — the fire department provided one ambulance and crew at each event at the arena, department spokesman Tim Wilson said.
The department paid $4,100 to Lifestar Ambulance Service for coverage of each home Nationals game and $900 per event at the Verizon Center to American Medical Response, Mr. Wilson said.