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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Blame fire chief for ambulance fiasco

    Folks in the nation's capital don't have to buy a ticket to the circus, because they are already getting a free show with the D.C. fire department's exhibition of mismanagement ("President's D.C. ambulance runs out of gas, with fuel gauge broken," Page 1, Aug. 13). It points straight to the source of the failures: Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe.

  • The majority of District of Columbia ambulances needing repairs to air-conditioning units during a July heat wave were returned to service within hours.  A shortage of ambulances that can be put into service has led the District to do some outsourcing to cover special events, such as sporting events, however, at a cost to the city. (Andrew S. Geraci, The Washington Times)

    July heat wave too hot for D.C. ambulances

    Nearly three-fourths of the D.C. fire department's ambulance fleet had to be pulled from the streets for repairs during a July heat wave that wreaked havoc on the units' air conditioning systems, according to new data provided by the department.

  • Washington, D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe speaks at a press conference held at Fire and EMS headquarters on his proposed plan to redeploy the department’s emergency medical service workers into a configuration that would leave ambulances staffed with no paramedics during the overnight hours, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    D.C. ambulance plan draws opposition

    A plan to redeploy the D.C. fire department's emergency medical workers in a way that would leave ambulances staffed with no paramedics during the overnight hours is being greeted with skepticism from stakeholders in the D.C. Council, the firefighters union and the community.

  • D.C. house fire spurs call for extra training

    A recently issued report on the D.C. fire department's response to a fire in an abandoned house that severely burned five firefighters in April 2011 makes new recommendations on training, equipment and protocol.

  • An aboveground pool sits full in a backyard Monday in the 300 block of 55th Street Northeast. A D.C. firefighting crew went out of service Saturday for about a hour to fill the pool at a private residence during a day of post-storm emergency calls. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

    Amid misery of storm damage, D.C. firefighters fill private pool

    With D.C. firefighters crisscrossing the city on emergency calls related to power outages, downed trees and heat-induced illnesses, one crew went out of service for about an hour Saturday afternoon on an unusual assignment: to fill a swimming pool for a private resident at a Northeast home.

  • D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said Wednesday that his staff-scheduling plan "will not reduce services one bit," adding that "safety is not an issue." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    D.C. firefighters pour cold water on chief's rescheduling plan

    The D.C. fire chief is girding for a public battle with the firefighters union over a plan to switch from the 24-hour shifts firefighters have been working for more than two decades to 12-hour shifts - a plan the chief expects will reduce by about 26 percent the number of firefighters in the District.

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  • The NRC also was basing its spent fuel storage standards on outdated research conducted before large-scale fallout events such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster caused by the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Smith said.

    Environmentalists oppose nuclear plant extension →

  • "I'm curious what the plan is for six years from now," said Ed Smith, the environmental coalition's director. "They're not going to have a national repository for spent fuel ready in six years, I guarantee that."

    Environmentalists oppose nuclear plant extension →

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