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Staffing shortages in Seattle, due in part to the city’s vaccination mandate for emergency responders, led to a 13-year-old boy watching his father die after suffering a medical emergency.
Last week, the 13-year-old called 911 to report his father had a medical emergency, but when Seattle firefighters arrived they were told to wait for police before entering and Seattle police took 15 mins to arrive which delayed unable doctors. to save the father, according to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
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The police station was reportedly reduced to two officers and relied on non-patrol volunteers to meet minimum staffing levels.
Two senior medics told radio host Jason Rantz the death likely could have been avoided if emergency crews had arrived on the scene quicker and one medic said: ‘If it had been treated early, its chances survival would have been 60%.
Also, the warning that told first responders to wait for the police because the place presented a danger to them was an outdated note and had been assigned to a former tenant.
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“Unfortunately, we learned during the last emergency response that the caution involved a former tenant,” a Seattle Fire spokesperson sent to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “We are carefully reviewing this incident from many angles in our department (operations, dispatch, etc.) and our policy on on-scene notes.”
Seattle has experienced a severe shortage of police personnel since the 2020 George Floyd riots and the North Ward, where the teenager lived, is the slowest neighborhood to respond to 911 calls. An August 2021 report shows the average response time for ongoing emergencies was nearly 13 minutes in the second quarter of this year and the average response time for “Priority 2” calls was 61 minutes.
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Seattle’s vaccination mandate for first responders exacerbated staffing issues by taking 100 officers off the streets in October and leaving the police department with fewer than 1,000 deployable officers.
“A single call could wipe out an entire neighborhood, wiping us out completely,” an officer told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
In the 2022 budget, the Seattle City Council proposed cutting the police budget by $11 million, which includes cutting hiring incentives.
The Seattle Police Department did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.