With an ambulance several miles away, a child in a seizure was transported to a hospital in a ladder truck Friday night.
Medics from Company 33 in southeast made the decision after learning the closest ambulance was seven miles away, and it was rush hour, according to WRC.
The decision was praised by D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe.
"It was a good idea. It was the right decision to make, and it was a good decision for the patient," Ellerbe said.
The department has been working for months to address a number of issues.
Another hearing on some of those problems is being held Monday.