Posts Tagged ‘Paul Quander’

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 [...]

Morning Links

Colby King: Time for Reta Jo Lewis, Carlos Allen, Andy Shallal, and Vincent Orange to think about dropping out of the mayor's race. [Post]
Firefighters, fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe at odds. [Post]
Muriel Bowser supporters accused of crashing Tommy Wells' birthday party. [LL]
Deputy Mayor Paul Quander says cadet in Medric Mills death did have enough training. [Post]
Ward 7 debate crowd loves Vince Gray. [WNEW]
ACLU report: Many D.C. police stations don't help [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2013: Nominations

2013: what a year for words. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander worried about something "untoward" in the ambulance fires, and Ron Machen insisted that there's "there there" in his  investigation into political corruption. Vince Gray told Muriel Bowser to "bring it on," and Marion Barry nominated the National Park Service for "Mofo of the Month."
On Dec. 30, LL will start running blog posts on the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fire Department Investigating Chief’s Alleged Phone Grab

Today brings still more laugh-or-you'll-cry news about the District's Fire and EMS Department. While the Metropolitan Police Department investigates why two ambulances caught fire last Wednesday (internal reports blame shoddy maintenance), the fire department has started its own investigation into whether Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe took a firefighter's cell phone without his permission.
The dispute started at [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links

Gray administration pushes back against David Catania's accountability plan for schools. [Post, WAMU]
Council panel backs licenses for undocumented immigrants without markings. [Times]
Washington Teachers' Union president Nathan Saunders ousted in election. [Post]
Fourth mayoral candidate enters the race. [Post]
AAA spokesman gets a workout at zoning hearing. [WTOP, NBC 4, WAMU, Housing Complex]
Mary Cheh wants fire chief to resign, [...]

Morning Links

On the anniversary of his resignation, D.C. Council says it's over Kwame Brown. [Examiner]
Fire burns down Capitol Hill's Frager's Hardware. [WTOP]
Council bill that would make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates clears committee. [WAMU]
Better meters mean fewer parking tickets in D.C. [Post]