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Verizon Center Terminates DC Contract

October 14, 2013

Officials at the Verizon Center have terminated a long-running contract agreement with the D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services for ambulance coverage during events at the sports and entertainment venue.

Under the contract — which netted the city approximately $250,000 annually — the fire department provided one ambulance and crew at each event at the arena, department spokesman Tim Wilson said. The agreement ended Oct. 1.

The ending of the agreement comes after the fire department was unable to follow through on its commitments because of a crippling wave of ambulance breakdowns, forcing the agency to outsource emergency medical services coverage to a private ambulance company. Verizon officials say recent stumbles were not the reason the contract was scrapped, but the severance ends a 16-year agreement that began when the Verizon Center opened as the MCI Center in 1997.

(Washington Times)

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