El Paso Fire Department looking at its procedures to prevent ambulance theft

A man was charged with stealing this EPFD ambulance and leading police on a high-speed chase.

The El Paso Fire Department is now looking into its procedures to prevent its ambulance from being stolen after a man stole their ambulance Monday night.

According to the El Paso Police Department, 36-year-old Michial Sampson was being admitted to Providence Memorial Hospital in west El Paso.

EPPD said Sampson walked out of the hospital and drove away in an EPFD ambulance. The chase lasted nearly two hours and ended in east El Paso on Bob Hope and Pellicano drives.

KFOX14 asked EPFD if there are any policies or procedures in place to prevent this from happening.

“We do have policies and procedures, but determined individuals can get past any precautions,” said Carlos Briano, a spokesperson for EPFD. “We are looking at updating our policies in conjunction with added safety features on our vehicles.”

In order to get perspective on this type of situation, KFOX14 asked Life Ambulance of El Paso about these types of incidents.

“It’s happened a few times, in fact it’s also happened to us unfortunately,” said Rachel Harrackfingh, the president of Life Ambulance. “If our crews feel like they need to keep the ambulance running cause maybe it’s a hundred degrees outside, they would have the unit running and lock the door. They would also have other sets of keys with them in order to open the door themselves.”

Briano said this type of situation has not happened with EPFD apparatus in recent history.

The last time a situation happened like this was in 2012 at Vista Del Sol.

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