Cleveland EMS: City running regular number of ambulances again

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CLEVELAND-- Cleveland's EMS commissioner says the city is running its regular number of ambulances again after periods when it had been using SUVs that couldn't carry critical patients.

On Thursday, the FOX 8 I-Team revealed that so many ambulances were breaking down, the City often had to replace them with paramedics in SUVs. Some viewers have told us that has also led to delays getting patients to the hospital.

But, the head of Cleveland EMS denies that, saying paramedics always begin treatment at the scene. "We do a lot of care on-scene on our normal calls every day before we transport to the hospital. We do a lot of care on-scene. So, I'm not aware of such an instance," said Nicole Carlton, Cleveland EMS.

Still, the City of Cleveland is in the process of buying some new and used ambulances since its current ones are breaking down.

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