EXCLUSIVES
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

D.C. Fire Chief Steps Down

DCFEMSEllerbe

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The chief of Washington D.C.'s fire department will step down next month after three years marked by complaints of poor service in the department.

Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said Wednesday that he will step down July 2. Ellerbe has been the target of much criticism in light of his department's many controversies, including the death of Cecil Mills, a D.C. employee who died across the street from a fire station, ignored by the EMS personnel inside.

JEMS: D.C. Family Demands Answers from Fire Department and City

Ellerbe told The Washington Post in an interview that he was not forced out, but it was clear that his 31-year career with the D.C. Fire Department would not last once District Mayor Vincent Gray left office. Muriel Bowser, who won the Democratic mayoral primary in April, said she would not keep Ellerbe if elected. David Catania, the other leading candidate to be D.C.'s next mayor, has also said he would not keep Ellerbe.

The city's firefighters union has called for Ellerbe's ouster for months, along with D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells.

JEMS: IAFF Official Claims D.C. EMS One of the Worst in the Country

The fire department has faced criticism for delays in patient care and the death of an elderly man after firefighters ignored calls for help from bystanders.

The interim fire chief will be Assistant Chief Eugene Jones.



RELATED ARTICLES

Texas, Oklahoma Storms Leave 21 Dead, 11 Missing

Rain has caused the worst flooding in the nation’s fourth-largest city in years.

Floodwaters Deepen in Houston

A total of 17 people have died due to storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Survey of Virginia Firefighters, Medics Finds Low Morale

Roanoke County survey is part of the search process for a new fire chief.

Two Killed, Three Injured When Elevated Lift Overturns in New Mexico

Man and a boy dead, three children injured when cherry picker fell over during demonstration.

Over 40 Missing as Flood Waters Rise in Texas

Firefighters in Houston carried out over 500 water rescues.

Colorado River Fire Rescue Saves 100 Hours a Month After Implementing Aladtec’s Workforce Management System for Public Safety

The three days a week this agency saves is now focused on community outreach.

Features by Topic

Featured Careers

 

JEMS TV

FEATURED VIDEO TOPICS

Learn about new products and innovations featured at EMS Today 2015

 

JEMS Connect

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
 

EMS BLOGS

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts