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Kenneth B. Ellerbe
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The D.C. Council member with oversight of the fire department on Tuesday called for the resignations of the fire chief and the deputy mayor for public safety and justice, saying the administration has failed to present a plan to address chronic troubles with emergency response.
Am I the only one who has read about one misadventure after another with the D.C. fire department? Am I the only one who is unable to fathom how Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe manages to keep his job?
A D.C. fire lieutenant whose company reportedly ignored pleas to help a man dying from a massive heart attack across the street from their Northeast station blamed the lack of response on a subordinate, who she said failed to tell her the location of the emergency.
The D.C. fire department plans to conduct extensive criminal background checks on 1,800 employees after a series of arrests involving its members in recent months, according to fire officials.
I am a proud retired D.C. firefighter who is tired of the almost daily attempts by the administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe to destroy the D.C. fire department, once considered the finest fire department in the country ("Buck stops with Chief Ellerbe," Letters, Dec. 13).
D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe is once again a day late and a dollar short ("No money sought for new firetrucks deemed 'oversight,'" Web, Dec. 4). His lack of foresight is reflected in the fact that he sought no money for trucks or ambulances in this year's budget. Chief Ellerbe continues to provide meek explanations and weak excuses when asked harsh and pointed questions regarding the matter.
The D.C. fire department has hired a polarizing former Prince George's County chief to its No. 2 spot in charge of the department's operations.
A deputy fire chief appointed earlier this year to oversee the D.C. fire department's troubled apparatus division is being demoted to battalion chief after the embarrassing discovery that several ambulances were repaired with street signs.
D.C. officials on Tuesday announced improvements to the fire department that include the purchase of 30 new ambulances, the ongoing training of 60 firefighter recruits and the hiring of nine paramedics.