DC Fire and EMS medical director resigns, calls dept. ‘toxic’

FireRescue1 Staff

WASHINGTON — The medical director of D.C. Fire and EMS is resigning after claiming the department is resistant to reform and that people are dying needlessly.

Fox5DC reported that Dr. Jullette Saussy, who has been with the department for seven months, sent in her resignation letter Jan. 29. She previously ran an ambulance service in New Orleans.

In her letter, she said the culture of the department is "highly toxic" to delivering "quality pre-hospital care." Saussy also claimed a 35-year-old man that died last month of a stab wound could have potentially survived. The man died after an ambulance took more than 18 minutes to arrive.

She claims too many of D.C. Fire and EMS' resources are devoted to low-level calls, according to the report.

The mayor's spokesman said city officials are committed to reforming the department and improving patient outcomes.

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