- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say firefighters rushed a critically ill infant to a hospital in a fire truck when the closest ambulance was too far to respond in a timely manner.

A fire department spokesman says the firefighters were called Monday because the child was not breathing. Officials say advance care paramedics were treating the infant within seven minutes. The infant was treated and released from a hospital.

It was the second time in a week that a long response time prompted firefighters to put a patient in a fire truck. On Sept.?3, an infant was transferred from a truck to an ambulance, and later died. Officials say both cases are being investigated.

Fire Chief Gregory Dean blames the lag on call volume and people dialing 911 for minor issues.

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