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Fire Department to Spend $182K on Vehicle Audit

The District's Fire and EMS Department will spend $182,880 figuring out just what's going on with its vehicle fleet, the department announced today. The 60-day audit, led by D.C.-based firm BDA Global, will establish a maintenance schedule and other practices for the fleet.

That hasn't always been easy task for the fire department. In March, Chief Kenneth Ellerbe gave the D.C. Council exaggerated numbers on the department's reserve fleet. (A mystery deputy fire chief took the fall). More recently, the recent heat wave shut down some ambulances, forcing the department to hire private ambulances to cover Verizon Center and Nationals Park.

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, whose judiciary and public safety committee oversees the fire department, tells LL that he doesn't mind the cost because the work needs to be done. The department, according to Wells, has only a "crude" inventory of its vehicles.

Wells was more concerned about the fact that the department already lacked a reliable fleet audit. "This was a failure of management," says Wells, who (LL can't help but note) is running for the job that the fire department's management ultimately report to. "A supreme failure."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    Call me an ambulance please, I'm sick.

  2. #2

    Fire all of the current mechanics hire new ones with stipulation that half ass work is unacceptable and will result in immediate loss of employment. Hire a few detectives, to ferreted out a few of the remaining saboteurs, Problem solved.You don't need an audit to figure this out. I should bill the FD for half of what they are going to pay someone to come up with some bullshit feel good solution.

  3. #3

    Is that a cardboard axle cover on the truck in the photo?

  4. #4

    ward-8...if you were not an ignoramus you would see that the blame lies with leadership. The corrupt mayor and his crony chief need to go. The only thing being sabotaged is public safety in the city, and the saboteurs are in charge.

  5. #5

    Well Ed, you seem to know alot, are you one of the saboteurs? The FD problem began a long time ago starting with letting suburbanites work the "banking president hours" and then flee to the burbs.When this city is ready to deal with the fact that essential services should and can only be done by DC residents, will this problem end. And yes, there are qualified individuals in this city to do these jobs. Hell there are at least 5 world renown schools of higher education

  6. #6

    dc only....Really? This job can only be done by DC residents? Well firefighting is INHERENTLY DANGEROUS, that is probably why we should hire the best to do it. The efforts by the fire department, old and new, to hire city youth to do this job have wasted money every time hiring classes of thirty(30) to only produce 4-5 firefighters after all is said and done. In business with a 17% success ratio at anything, I would not have a job. Just say you want to give jobs to residents of Wards 7 and 8 not DC residents. The job give away does not emulate the diverse culture of the city, just wards 7 and 8. Be real this give away does not yield the quality or quantity of people needed to be selfless and put their life on the line. Asking Ed if he is a saboteur is basically promoting the vision of the chief that the white folk from the burbs are breaking everything to make him look bad....you are a sad excuse for a human being. When you go to meet the man on your last day and he asks you why you injected race into your being, your answer might not be sufficient.

  7. #7

    Meh on the "Hiring DC residents only". We've had that for 30 years. As soon as they get through the probationary period they buy houses in PG County and move their families out of the city. LTR have all the loyalty of sewer rats.

    However, I have no problem with changing to 12 on 12 off or whatever Ellerbe suggested for reducing accidents. This game (and it's national, not DC specific) where you live 4 states away and work for 2 weeks solid and then go home for 2 months is BS. Paying people to sleep is a suckers game and the suckers are the property tax payers.

    We have too many firemen and not enough EMT's. It appears the promotional weighting is upside down as it prioritizes firemen over EMTs. That should be reversed.

  8. #8

    Mismanagement is color blind, there were no problems with the fleet when the chosen one arrived. The proof is pretty plain the mayor' s boy is way in over his head, he couldn't manage his way out of a wet paper bag! Maybe Kenny and Vince can share a jail cell and become gay lovers when the truth comes out.

  9. #9

    $182k for a fleet audit?

  10. #10

    Only in the 3rd world adjacent administrative management of the District of Columbia does the fire department not actually know, how many fire trucks it has. What.A.Joke.

    And now you are going to pay comically premium rates ($3,000 per day) for some LSDB (which we all know is just some MD resident who owns a run down townhouse just inside the DC border from which he runs his DC "business") to walk around to the City fire stations and storage lots and count the number of trucks painted red.

    All the while, the nations capital, a city that at the height of the national depression was pulling in 400 million dollars a year in budget surpluses due to Uncle Sams largesse (3 billion total in the past 9 years) will continue to shunt its emergency calls to PG County to handle for us.

    It is pretty embarrasing when PG County has its act together far better than DC does.

  11. #11

    @DOWNTOWN-AS LONG AS IT IS A LEGIT FIRM AND NOT SOME QUASI BANNEKER VENTURE I AM OKAY WITH THE PRICE. WE HAVE THE MONEY.

    THIS IS CLEARLY AN EXAMPLE OF DCFEMS GETTING WORSE BEFORE IT WILL GET BETTER. WE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MPD SOME YEARS AGO WITH VEHICLES NOT WORKING, OFFICERS PAYING FOR GAS OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKET AND A CULTURAL SHIFT. I DO AGREE THEIR SHOULD BE A PROGRAM FOR DC RESIDENTS, DC EX OFFENDERS AND A DC HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM THAT STEERS YOUNG FOLK TO DCFEMS LEADERSHIP THROUGH TRAINING AND HIGHER EDUCATION.

    AS THE NAMELESS NUCKLEHEAD POINTED OUT THAT OLD WAY OF DOING SHIT WITH REDNECKS AND COUNTRY BOYS SLEEPING THEIR WAY THROUGH MUST CEASE.

  12. #12

    I hope that BDA Global is a national firm with a record of experience and not some Jeff Thompson-type, DC style 8A contractor.

  13. #13

    "Just say you want to give jobs to residents of Wards 7 and 8 not DC residents".

    Where was this posted/said?

  14. #14

    Banker's Hours? Since when do bankers work overnight, holidays, and weekends?

    Sleep? There's a reason that every FD in the country has bunks. You may not like it, but it's the best option out there. The PD works 8h shifts at night - but with a tiny fraction of the daytime staff. The FD needs near full-staffing at night, because that's when the fatal residential house fires occur. The FD can't offer a skimpy night differential and force the rookies to work at night like the PD can. Nurses & Hospitals: the nurses work 3 12h shifts a week. If you want to drop the hours from 42/wk to 36/wk, go ahead. There's still no guarantee that such a shift is better FOR THE PUBLIC than a 24h shift. The Docs sleep in the ready room at night, by the way.

    Hire District Residents only? That's what the shop did, and look where it's gotten us. Teach EMT & EMT/P in high school and at the UDC/CC, and give preference for that. However, more than half the local hires in DC move to MD after 5 years. Even if your patronage program gave every FD job to a DC resident, it wouldn't make a dent in the unemployment rate.

    Ex offenders? We go into your houses without a warrant, we care for you while you are unconscious. Who are you, Phil Mendelson? A criminal record should DISQUALIFY you from employment in public safety, as it does everywhere else.

    It's past time to hold Gray and his appointee Ken accountable for their misdeeds. DC Council should strip control of the Fire & EMS department from the executive, and make it a Fire Authority, much like the DC WASA. Perhaps it's time to switch to a "weak mayor" form of government as well.

  15. #15

    @noodlez we had the Cadet program that pulled from DCPS and Rubin axed it!

  16. #16

    Yup and Ellerbe brought the cadet program back....now he will try and hire all the local residents who trained with DOES for their EMT. All of a sudden DOES is interested in EMT training.....I think we need a FOIA of all the persons who received the training that never existed until KEN opened up the "back door" for civilians to return and "lateral" into the FD if they want. Mark my words....you get what you pay for....

  17. #17

    @Bob: this website does NOT inspire a great deal of confidence.

    http://www.bdaglobal.com/

  18. #18

    @NEW FACE YOU NEED TO STOP GIVING FACE TO YOUR Y.M.C.A. DCFD BUDDIES AND STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT!

    EX-OFFENDERS ENCOMPASSES ALL WALKS OF LIFE. I'M SURE SOME FOLK WHO JUST FINISHED THEIR SENTENCE THAT WOULD QUALIFY FOR ANY DCFEMS POSITION. AS FAR AS MOVING TO MARYLAND (BECAUSE NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD MOVE FROM DC TO VA) THAT CAN BE WARDED OFF BY OFFERING EXTRA TAX INCENTIVES IF THEY PURCHASE AND MAINTAIN A HOME IN CITY FOR AT LEAST 10 YRS.

    YOU POO-POOING CHANGES TO BENEFIT THIS CITY AND INSTEAD STICKING UP FOR JOKERS WHO WANT SHIT THEIR WAY LIKE SPOILED LITTLE BITCHES ONLY PROVES THAT YOU IN THE MINORITY. FOLK WANT BETTER SERVICES FROM THE RANK AND FILE AND TO START YOU MUST PROVIDE THEM WITH BETTER EQUIPMENT AND THE TOOLS NECESSARY THIS AUDIT IS A START.

    ONE CITY.

  19. #19

    Noodlez

    No organization works when you shit on the rank and file and fail to hold management accountable for poor performance.

    Sleeping, in a state of readiness, is a-ok for firefighters, doctors, combat soldiers, dispatchers, plumbers, etc.

    The changes needed start at the top.

  20. #20

    @Barney Miller there is no all of a sudden. The EMS MOU was on the table long long ago. For political reasons it never was executed.

  21. #21

    While the Cadet program had it's bad apples so to speak, so did the tested applicants.....remember the recruit who was DUI/DWI and killed the family of a fellow Firefighter? How about the Veteran Firefighter who was terminated for stealing FD saws and selling them to Volunteer Departments?

    You see....there's good and bad in all.

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