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Report: nearly 1-in-4 ambulances in Wisconsin have safety violations

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Inside an ambulance copyright Shutterstock, Inc.
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UNDATED (WSAU)   If you call for an ambulance in Wisconsin, the vehicle might be as injured as you are. Gannett Wisconsin Media found that 23-percent of ambulances inspected in the last two years violated at least one state requirement. And that’s after providers get a one-week notice that an inspector is coming.

Most violations are minor.

Gannett said one of every 10 problems was for interior lights that were burned out. But of the nearly 1,100 ambulances inspected in two years, 19 of them had bad emergency brakes. And others had inadequacies with medicines, defibrillator pads, and pediatric pads. According to the Gannett review, seven ambulances in Wisconsin were told to stay off the roads until their problems were fixed. And a provider in Waupun lost its state license for not making its required improvements.

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