Frequent 911 callers scrutinized amid Chicago ambulance shortage

By: Laura French / EMS1

The Chicago Fire Department said frequent 911 callers contribute to long response times as the mayor pledged to add more ambulances.

CHICAGO — Frequent 911 callers are being scrutinized after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pledged to address the city’s ambulance shortage last month.

Long response times in the city have been spotlighted following the death of a woman who bled out while waiting for an ambulance in October, CBS 2 reported.

Tina Williams’ family called 911 five times after she began bleeding from an IV port site after dialysis treatments, and a Chicago Fire Department ambulance arrived in eight minutes, two minutes below the city’s goal as reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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