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Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe

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Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times D.C. firefighters and paramedics listen to Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe announce the hiring paramedics and the purchase of 30 new ambulances by the end of the year.

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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)

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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)

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Vincent C. Gray (left), then D.C. mayor-elect, listens on Dec. 16, 2010, as his nominee for fire chief, Kenneth B. Ellerbe, fields a question at a news conference. Some say the city should have conducted a national search to fill the post. (Associated Press)

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Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe served 27 years in the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department during his first tour of duty in the District, before leaving for Sarasota, Fla. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Washington D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

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Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe last week ordered that the pre-2007 D.C. Fire Department logo (right) replace the new seal featuring a Maltese eagle (above).

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APPOINTMENTS: Kenneth B. Ellerbe, Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray's choice as the District's next fire chief, answers questions Thursday as Mr. Gray and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier listen. Chief Lanier was reappointed to her post. (Associated Press)

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APPOINTMENTS: Kenneth B. Ellerbe, Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray's choice as the District's next fire chief, answers questions Thursday as Mr. Gray and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier listen. (Associated Press)