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Fire Union Finds Evidence of More Weird Ambulance Maintenace


On Wednesday, D.C.'s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department admitted that four of its ambulances had been repaired in July with "no parking" signs instead of heat shields. In a press release, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander described the technique, charitably, as "unorthodox." But traffic signs might not be the only makeshift heat shields in the department's fleet.

Fire union boss Ed Smith tells LL that his members have found more evidence of unusual repair work. In the picture above, a trucker's mud flap is used where a heat shield should go.

A spokesman for Quander tells LL that he doesn't know about mud flaps being used in repairs. The Department of Public Works, which repaired some of the fire department's ambulances in July, didn't respond to immediate requests for comment. The Department of Public Works referred an earlier request for comment to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Update, 3:15 p.m: DC Water spokesman John Lisle tells LL that the authority, which like DPW received some fire department ambulances for repairs in July,  doesn't use non-standard parts. Of the 12 ambulances DC Water has finished repairing so far since receiving them in July, none have been returned for more repairs, according to Lisle.

Photo courtesy IAFF 36

  • mizwillis

    New Face: That work ethic didn't exist when the people you want to forget about were building the infastructures of this country and allowing Massa and Mistris to sit on the porch drinking mint juleps and eating Mammy's good home cooking while the wet nurse fed their newborns. Where would the WASP's be without that sustenance?

    That WASP ethic allowed nobody but those new overseer blue collar WASP's to wear a hard hat while the Brown people dug the ditches to make that 'WASP work ethic' possible. And by the way, did you know the people you want to forget were not allowed to learn to read and write? And later their ancestors were denied US citizen equal rights to education until the early 1960's? We've come a long way, New Face and we're still coming on strong.

    Those inane comments from you only go to further prove your sense of entitlement over anything not White Anglo Saxon Protestant. Wonder where your forefathers started? We know why the pilgrims came to the 'New World' that was no more new then than you or DC are now.

    HOOKMAN, thou doth protest too much. Direct your duplicitous diatribe to the real racists on this blog. If you don't consider yourself one of them, then fine.

    As for me putting out fires, I don't have to do that anymore. Literally, that is. My son did it quite well before he went back to school partially on the DC dime (just like Chief Cathy Lanier did). He then moved on to another honorable profession because of the racist attitude of those in charge of the DC Fire Department during his tenure there. You know, shards of glass in the boots, and all!

    And Oh Yeah!!! You know exactly where to put that HOOK.
    I hope you nose is attached to it at the time so you can really smell your foul self from the inside.

    I hope they find you and put the fear of God in you without getting themselves in trouble with MPD. That can happen, you know. I know people who could make you walk forward with your feet facing backward. And you would see them in your dreams for the rest of your life.

    Are you proud of being 'all over' all of your commanders in chief? How pathetic. Ever wonder why didn't you move up that ladder, HOOK?

  • Will Sommer

    Hey all,

    Just an heads up that the commenter who's saying WCP gave him other commenter's information "to subpoena" is mistaken. We were asked to provide commenter information (which as far as I know would just be an IP address) but didn't comply.

  • Drez

    Now that would make an interesting blog post.

  • mizwillis

    THANKS LL!!!!

    Sounds like HOOKMAN'S nose is growing like Pinochio's.
    Not surprised. He'd better watch out; it might just HOOK into something he needs a few times a day to release some of that venom in his body and soul.

  • justsayin

    LOL...fade to black...roll credits.

  • New Face

    Mizwillis, I don't mind talking about slaves. I don't see what they have to do with the strains of English culture that defined the Protestant work ethic, though. Quakers were abolitionists, and New England Protestants generally depended on white "help". In any case, what does that have to with the topic(s) at hand?

    1) DC ambulances are burning because Ellerbe / Quander / Gray failed to manage the fleet, and instead relied on repairs from apparently unqualified mechanics.

    2) Ellerbe / Quander /Gray are in position because Fenty wasn't black enough & Gray ran a shadow campaign.

    3) Gray is, hopefully, the last of the 'chocolate city' politicians, for whom hiring local black (deputy mayors, fire chiefs, mechanics, paramedics, firefighters) is more important than hiring the best (deputy mayors, fire chiefs, mechanics, paramedics, firefighters).

    4) Demographic changes in the city, spurred by changing property values due to federal spending in this region, federal building in Ward 8, and a sour economy in the rest of the country are going to change the electorate, such that racist panderers like Barry and Gray will not be able to be elected.

    5) As Section 8 housing gets displaced by market-rate housing, people with a good work ethic, protestant or otherwise, will displace people who are unable or unwilling to work, including those who have embraced the culture of victimhood and blame their failings for an institution that ended a century and a half ago. The people being displaced are demographically black, the people doing the replacing reflect the diverse demographics of the nation.

    6) As the city begins to reflect the nation, there will be less and less credit given to agency heads for being born or going to high school here, or being cousins with someone. As agency heads, middle managers, and line personnel are selected on merit, and not on residency, city services will improve in effectiveness and efficiency.

  • mizwillis

    New Face, you need a new face.
    And while you're at it, find a new hometown more to your liking. We don't need your pathetic and misguided logic(?).
    I'm also still curious about why you left your own hometown to move to DC.

  • Will Sommer

    Hey all,

    I like a lively comment section, but when one commenter's threatening to shoot another, that's too far. I've deleted the relevant comments.



    Really Will....where do come up with my comment as threatening someone....i think you should educate yourself onbwhat a threat is....you take my commemt down, but leave "mizwillis" comment up that she hopes someone put the fear of god in me without MPD finding out and you leave this idiots comment up?????

    Please point out in any my comment where I threatened to shoot anyone...I made it known that where i live and where I go, I protect myself....saying or referring to someone ever WANTING to threaten me with any form of violence whether in a city paper comment section or harm my family, I will protect myself, as I live in a CC State....my comment also included anyone who came on my property and threatened myself or family would have a very bad day....

    So Will...don't pick and choose like you did here and take a comment out of context because someone like mizwillis can spew crap out her piehole but when met with some resistance and you come running to her aid.....this is twice now you've held her hand with comments that don't appease her....ive used this screen name for over 10 years and the last thing Im going to do is threaten ANYONE on here....wake up...

  • seDCdude

    Yeah HOOKER, all over Ruben's nutsaX you GUMP!!!

    Don't worry Mswillis, HOOKER will stand trial!

  • seDCdude

    Hooker, ol' hooker......you will stand trial!


    oh my....look who cameout of hiding....i guess the unintelligible drivel of mizwillis has comforted your sore behind to come out after your brief disappearance....The City Paper im sure is glad to have both of their commenting shining stars....

    As far as trials are concerned...you face the biggest one everyday...YOU....keep doing and saying the same old stuff...its meaningless to me...Oh i know...playing come fimd me at this or that firehouse shows how much of man you are to nobody, but if it makes you feel good to say things like that and talk to yourself...give yourself a lil pat on your thin skin....i know i know...your big and bad and live in SE and you despise white people....sing me another song prescious because this one is getting old.....

    as I stated before you went into hiding...relax...things take time...i have what I need....


    btw petunia...nothing I did or have done has or will ever be for Ruben...I know its fun for you to say nutsax...but really try to use proper grammar....the average person with an education cannot understand you....oh and had you checked a certain site that allows you to look up case information...you'd know that I'm anything close to Bubes unsercarriage...do your homework before someone thinks your more dumber than the days long as you are now...

  • TWITTERfoolz

    @ my firehouse @ 4300 Wisconsin Ave...LLS, LOL, LMBAO!!!

    In due time, due process will be dealt to those whom talk sh!t behind the keyboard, hence certain sycophants have been duly noted!

    Can't wait!

  • seDCdude

    And so do I...now you keep posting!

  • DCFD

    Engine 20 & Truck 12 Battalion Fire Chief 5
    4300 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington DC Fire Department Battalion Fire Chief 5


    Im here till 0700...then usually hang out for a cup of coffee....so about 0730 i roll out....so if you want a tour of the firehouse be here between 0700-0730...


    Twitterfoolz...you forgot the phome number...202-673-3220...its always nice to have a heads up when I get visitors who want to see where I work and meet me personally....

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