Posts Tagged ‘Fire Department’

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Confessed shadow campaign operative Vernon Hawkins also had a role in the budget for the legitimate campaign to elect Mayor Vince Gray. [LL]

Applications to raze Skyland are filed. [WBJ]
But don't expect bulldozers soon. [Housing Complex]
Post ed board backs fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe. [Post]
Living wage bill, housing policies are conflicting for Gray, writes Courtland Milloy. [Post]
Councilmembers, mayor rally for statehood before March [...]

Parking Sign Ambulance Repairs Were Made by Department of Public Works

At last, the mystery of who thought it was a good idea to repair ambulances with "No Parking" signs has been solved. The unorthodox repair methods were done by mechanics at the Department of Public Works, according to Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander.
"I think they were trying to be creative," Quander said.
The irony, of [...]

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Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe denies grabbing a firefighter's phone. [Post, LL]
The aggrieved firefighter files a police report anyway, saying Ellerbe hurt his hand. [Post]
Gray administration likes DDOT's decision on the M Street NW bike lane. [WAMU]
D.C. looks for an architect for Martin Luther King Jr. Library. [Post]
Courtland Milloy writes about Ron Moten's new book: "What kind of street dude [...]

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 [...]

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D.C. struggles under paramedic shortage. [AP]
Fire department says it will start hiring civilian paramedics. [Times]
M Street NW bike lane sets up fight between church, cyclists. [Housing Complex, Post]
Blogger goes to ANC meetings so you don't have to. [City Desk]
Thefts on Metro are increasing. [WAMU]
American University bans outdoor smoking. [WTOP]
D.C. schools adopt the Common Core. [WAMU]
NSA mix-up [...]

Four D.C. Ambulances “Repaired” With Parking Signs

At least four District fire department ambulances were "repaired" by replacing their heat shields with no-parking signs like the one above, Deputy Mayor Paul Quander is expected to acknowledge in a statement this evening.
Two of the ambulances have already been repaired, Quander says in a release. The clumsy repairs were made in July.
The news comes [...]

Deputy Mayor Won’t Rule Out Sabotage in Ambulance Fires

Relations between fire department brass and the rank-and-file are so bad that Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander has called in the police.
Quander has asked the Metropolitan Police Department to investigate whether anything "untoward" lead to two ambulances catching fire yesterday. Speaking to reporters this morning, Quander poked around the possibility of intradepartment sabotage without [...]