On July 12, a 1-year-old boy was fatally shot at a family cookout in Brooklyn. Just three blocks away, an empty ambulance sat outside of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters.

But the EMTs couldn’t answer the call.

The crew’s operating certificate renewal was tied up in bureaucratic red tape inside the state’s overburdened and underfunded Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, a division of the state Department of Health.

Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY The Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps serves central Brooklyn from its headquarters on Greene Avenue, Nov. 23, 2020. On July 12, a 1-year-old boy was fatally shot at a family cookout in Brooklyn. Just three blocks away, an empty ambulance sat outside of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance […]

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