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Mayor Vincent Gray, (D) and D.C. Fire & Emergency Medical Services Chief Kenneth Ellerbe awaitsgraduates of Recruit Class 367 graduation at Gallaudet University in Northeast on April 17. Khalid Naji-Allah /Special to The Washington Times

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Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe touts his changes for EMS service as a way to provide better service, denying that it is for staffing or budgetary reasons. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Police Chief Kenneth Ellerbe hands out plastic fireman hats to Audry Scott, 8, right, and Natalie Root-Nowakowski, 8, second from right, as the Palisades July 4th Parade gets ready to begin, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 4, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe touts his changes for EMS service as a way to provide better service, denying that it is for staffing or budgetary reasons. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe touts his changes for EMS service as a way to provide better service, denying that it is for staffing or budgetary reasons. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe touts his changes for EMS service as a way to provide better service, denying that it is for staffing or budgetary reasons. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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An arbitrator ruled Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe retaliated against the president D.C. firefighters union by transferring him to another job and seeking to manufacture a justification for the move. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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An arbitrator ruled Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe retaliated against the president D.C. firefighters union by transferring him to another job and seeking to manufacture a justification for the move. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, through a spokesperson, declined to discuss the action taken against Battalion Fire Chief Kevin B. Sloan. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is sworn in before his testimony during a Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary public hearing in the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe keeps to himself before his testimony at the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday before the D.C. Council's Committee on the Judiciary to answer questions about a number of ongoing issues within the department. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson asks D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe questions at the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Chief Ellerbe appeared before the D.C. Council's Committee on the Judiciary. "I never meant to or intended to harass anyone," he said. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C Fire Department spokesman Lon Walls has said on his personal Facebook and Twitter accounts that a firefighters' walkout from Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's Jan. 24 State of the Department speech was racist. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. firefighters walk out of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Northwest on Tuesday after a speech by fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe (Barbara Salisbury/THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

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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)

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Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Randall Brown (left) and D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe discuss a black sheen seen on the Anacostia River Monday and Tuesday. First water samples tested positive for petroleum. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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From left, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Vincent are seen during a press conference at the site of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe (right) and Rich Marianos, with the ATF Bureau, announce the arrest and charging of Maurice Timothy Dews with several counts of arson. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)