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S.F. Fire Department hires private ambulances amid major shortage
San Francisco Chronicle

A critical shortage of city ambulances forced the San Francisco Fire Department to make a 911 call to private ambulances to help cover the city one recent Saturday night.

The call went out when 12 fire engine companies that had been dispatched to emergencies throughout the city Aug. 30 were left without any way to get the people they were treating to hospitals.

At the time, there were 15 city ambulances on the streets – and there were so many calls coming in, their runs were taking anywhere from 21 minutes to an hour and a half.