More Ambulances Needed in San Francisco: Report

A lack of ambulances led 2,500 people to wait after calling 911 last year.

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    San Francisco is in need of more ambulances, according to a report.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports the San Francisco Fire Department has enough funds on hand to buy as many as 16 new ambulances, but has yet to make a purchase.

    Meanwhile, ambulance response times are increasing.

    The toddler who died after a dolphin statue at Fisherman's Wharf fell on him waited 13 minutes for an ambulance ride to the hospital, which sparked criticism for the fire department.

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    Most of the city's ambulances are old and most break down frequently, fire officials told a Board of Supervisors committee this week.