- The Washington Times - Friday, March 31, 2023

Two D.C. firefighters are out of the fryer, into the fire and under internal investigation after stopping at a Chick-fil-A on their way to a medical emergency.

On March 24, a 911 operator put out a call for “Ambulance 3,” containing the two firefighters, and “Medic 3,” containing EMS personnel, to respond to an advanced life support situation for a 57-year-old woman at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center.

The hungry duo had already ordered the food on an app when the emergency call came in, so they decided to stop for “literally a few minutes tops,” according to NBC 4, which obtained a D.C. Fire and EMS special report.

Advanced life support calls are considered a “priority” situation.

Ambulance 3 was reportedly closer to the Kaiser Permanente site than Medic 3. In the report, the unnamed firefighters wrote that their deep-fried detour did not delay medical treatment for the woman and that they arrived at the same time as Medic 3.

The woman was taken to a hospital.

The pair also asserted that the initial emergency call was a medical unit call, writing that “we knew we would just be assisting them.”

According to Google Maps, it takes roughly eight minutes to travel the 1.2 miles between the two buildings by car.

The firefighters are under internal investigation and have been put on no patient contact status.

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.

Copyright © 2023 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide