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LAFD ambulances could be stationed at Dodger games

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City ambulances could be stationed at Dodger Stadium during regular season home games under a plan considered Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

The Dodgers and the Los Angeles Fire Department are working on an arrangement to have two advanced life support and one basic ambulance at all 82 home games. An off-duty EMS captain would also be on scene.

The fire department has typically only staffed opening day, which this season is April 1 against the San Francisco Giants. It was two years ago that a Giants fan suffered permanent brain damage after being beaten by two Dodgers fans in the parking lot on opening day.

The fire department responds, on average, to fewer than one emergency per game. Last year, there were 72 calls to Dodger Stadium, according to LAFD. The goal of the arrangement is to cut down on response times, which have sometimes been delayed as the ambulance made its way from a firehouse at Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado St. up to Chavez Ravine.

The city council asked the City Attorney’s Office and LAFD to look at the costs and liabilities associated with the arrangement. Under the plan, the Dodgers would pay an overtime rate for the paramedics and ambulances.

“This could very well be a good model that we can adopt to other venues as well,” said Councilman Mitch Englander, chair of the Public Safety Committee.

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