Presidential Ambulance Towed in D.C.
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EMS Unit Runs Out of Gas Departing The White House
WASHINGTON, DC l For the second time in a year, the motorcade of the President of the United States has had to call for a tow truck.
After the presidential limo conked out in Israel in March from mechanical difficulties, on Friday the ride-along ambulance that accompanies the commander-in-chief ran out of gas while departing from the White House.
A tow truck was dispatched, later determining that the vehicle had simply run out of gas, having never been fueled for the exceptionally short route. More disturbing was the fact that the fuel gauge in the ambulance was found to have been broken for “months,” according to WJLA-News.
This draws into serious question the competency of the DC Fire & EMS crew that accompanies the President on all district runs, most frequently between the White House and Andrews Air Force Base.
President Obama was actually celebrating his 52nd birthday on Friday, on his way to a nearby Indian restaurant with wife Michelle when the ambulance died.
DC Fire & EMS confirmed that the ambulance was towed back to headquarters, with no backup ambulance ready that had been cleared for use by the U.S. Secret Service.
Officials confirmed that the vehicle is being repaired off-site, with an investigation underway to determine accountability. The agency indicated that the crew should have followed standard procedure and fueled the ambulance log before the scheduled departure.
When the presidential limo was towed this spring, early reports suggested it was also an issue of fuel, with a Secret Service agent blamed for inadvertently fueling ‘The Beast’ with unleaded gas.
That report was later dismissed by the agency, who blamed an unspecified mechanical issue as the culprit.
Obama’s limo was towed in March by a local Tel Aviv outfit, who were quite surprised by the unusual dispatch.
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