Posts Tagged ‘dcfems’

Audit: D.C. Fire Department Hasn’t Implemented More than a Dozen EMS Recommendations from 2007

Nearly a decade later, lots left unfinished

Land Ho: The District’s Best Fireboat Is on Ice

The District's icebreaker can't thaw out repair woes

Firefighters Stay Out of Attorney General Race, Back Silverman for At-Large

Count one more organization confused about how the District's first elected attorney general fits into city politics. The union that represents D.C. Fire and EMS personnel will be sitting out the attorney general's race, according to union president Ed Smith.
“We don’t fully understand the role of the attorney general's role in labor yet," Smith says.
The International [...]

Interim Fire Chief Wants Harsher Punishments for Firefighters Charged in Medric Mills’ Death

The secretive trial-board panels convened to hand out punishments to firefighters after the death of 77-year-old Medric Mills have delivered their punishments, but interim fire chief Eugene A. Jones isn't satisfied. Jones is so unhappy with what he calls the light punishment that he says he'll only accept them "begrudgingly."
Mills' death near a Rhode Island Avenue NE fire station [...]

Can the D.C. Fire and EMS Department Ever Be Fixed?

Earlier this month, District firefighters’union president Ed Smith did something he hadn’t done in a while: He felt good about the District’s fire chief.
Well, the District’s almost fire chief. Kenneth Ellerbe, the embattled head of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, is still in charge after his announcement earlier this month [...]

Wells Calls on Deputy Mayor, Fire Chief To Resign

As the chairman of the D.C. Council's public safety committee, mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells knows better than most about the myriad scandals in the District's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. But unlike colleagues David Grosso and Mary Cheh, though, Wells hadn't called for fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe's resignation up to now.
Following yesterday's hearing on Medric Mills' death, though, Wells [...]

Morning Links

GAO rejects budget autonomy referendum. [City Desk, WAMU, Post, Times]
Fire lieutenant on leave during investigation into man's death outside fire station. [Times, Post]
DCPS was warned about cheating, didn't do much about it. [AP, Post]
Post ed board: fire department is "a national embarrassment." [Post]
April primary candidates face off in Sixth & I Synagogue forums. [LL, Post]
Walter Reed development gets HUD blessing. [...]

Morning Links

D.C. Council committee gives the OK to $11.50 minimum wage. [WAMU, Post]
Poll shows residents backing $12.50 wage. [LL]
Fire chief hires former Prince George's chief as his No. 2. [Times]
Office of Campaign Finance tells Paul Zukerberg to stop running for attorney general. [WAMU]
Audit gives fire department mixed review. [Post]
Marion Barry turkey giveaway set for this morning. [NBC 4]
New Supercans! [Post]

Fire Department Considers Encrypting Scanner Traffic

The D.C. fire department could soon follow the Metropolitan Police Department's lead and encrypt some of its radio transmissions, according to Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander.
Quander says the department is considering a solution that would leave some traffic open while encrypting calls. He cited dispatch calls to emergency as an example of traffic [...]

Morning Links

Thieves steal two computers and a camera from Councilmember David Grosso's home. [AP, Post]
Office of Campaign Finance investigates donations to Jack Evans' constituent service fund. [LL, Post]
Deputy fire chief demoted over parking sign repairs to ambulances. [Times]
Are new school renovations worth it? [Housing Complex]
Marijuana activist withdraws his ballot initiative temporarily after opposition from Attorney General Irv Nathan. [WAMU]
D.C. plans to open [...]