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EPA Pollution Mandate Forces Ambulance to Shut Down, Killing Patient

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On June 3, 2013 @ 10:27 am In The Point | 10 Comments

Red is the new Green. Or maybe Green is the new Red. The patient in question doesn’t sound like much of a loss, but it could have been anyone. And the bigger story is that the madness of Obama Inc. has gotten us to the point where emergency vehicles shut down automatically to reduce emissions.

DC Fire and EMS officials are explaining why an ambulance had to stop, in the middle of the transport of a suspect who was shot by police.

The ambulance the suspect in stopped short of the hospital, where he later died. Fire officials say it wasn’t because of an attempt to let a suspected cop shooter die in their care, but because a new piece of equipment on their truck meant to reduce diesel emissions forced the ambulance to shut down.

The device which is mandated by the EPA to be on all newer model diesel vehicles is designed to burn of diesel toxins. It does it either automatically or manually. If neither of those happens during a common cycle known as a “re-generating cycle” warning lights will go off and eventually force the vehicle to lose power and shut off.

Critics of this EPA mandate say there should be exemptions for emergency vehicles so this won’t happen.

However, Deputy Chief Donnelly says their challenge is to work within the federal agencies restrictions. Donnelly added, “We’re not in a position to fight the EPA regulations and we’re not even going to try.”

Fighting environmental Green Fascism is becoming an emergency situation.

Over a 20-month period, the San Diego fire department reported more than 500 regeneration-related issues, Firefighter Nation reported in 2011. And the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs in 2011 wrote to the EPA outlining the problem and lobbying for an exemption.

“Fire trucks across the country are breaking down at record rates because of this filter system that EPA forces them to use,” the association said.

In many cases, engines running at high levels for long periods of time can generate enough heat to cleanse the filters and avoid a drop or failure in engine performance. But for urban departments, which often perform short runs, the vehicles are required to undergo what’s called “manual regeneration,” in which the vehicle must be parked and the engine run at a high level for an extended period of time in order to generate the heat necessary to burn the soot from the filter.

Just wait till passenger planes shut down in midair and plummet into the ocean in order to save the planet.


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