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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Emergency Medical Services Department
For decades, the "public duty doctrine" has been cited by judges across the country to dismiss any number of cases seeking to hold police, firefighters and paramedics accountable for seemingly egregious violations of their duty.
The District's ambulances have been sabotaged. The assertion, laid out in a D.C. inspector general's report, is the latest tit-for-tat allegation highlighting the erosion of relations between labor and management within the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
Nearly $70,000 worth of brand-new shirts ordered by the District's fire department have gone unused because they are adorned with the wrong emblem, fire officials testified Wednesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a sheen on the Anacostia River that stretched several miles northeast from the 11th Street Bridge on Tuesday.
A former deputy chief who left the city under unusual circumstances was named to lead the District's fire department on Thursday, the same day Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray announced he would retain Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.