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Fire Chief to Secret Service: We Can Still Save The President

LL's column this week, which you've naturally already read, details how Tower 3—the District fire truck specifically designated to rescue the president and the first family from a White House blaze—is currently in very poor shape.

But Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said on the The Kojo Nnamdi Show today that he'd reached out to the U.S. Secret Service and assured them that his department is still capable of rescuing the prez in spite of equipment problems. As LL noted in his column, when Tower 3 (the only truck in the fleet that has a bucket at the end of its ladder) is out of service, a regular ladder truck takes it's place.

"We assured them that if the need arises, we're going to make sure we take care of our responsibility," Ellerbe told LL after the show.

Do note that Ellerbe contacted the Secret Service after he'd received emailed questions from LL regarding Tower 3, questions that LL never got a response to.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Drez

    And One City day I could be that president that they save.*
    *Very unlikely but technically true.

  • DCFiremanRetd

    In all my years never once have I heard any fire chief - back to Jefferson Lewis - admit that having apparatus out of service or a firehouse closed for years on end for BS "historic" reasons, would pose a problem. They assure citizens that service is not diminished. WTF? If not, why don't they just leave the firehouses closed and not replace the apparatus o save the money? Its B*llsh*t. Service is at risk when firehouses are closed and companies are moved or when apparatus are OOS. This chief is spewing the same crap every other chief has claimed.

  • S.E.

    Be careful what you ask for.

  • Inside looking in

    If anybody who works in DCFEMS thinks the Secret Service is worried about a DCFEMS apparatus coming to get the First Family in an emergency needs to go to PFC and give up a urine sample. Because that stuff you are smoking has you believeing your own hype.