Medical Calls Spur Call for DC Fire Chief's Resignation

DC councilmember seeks fire chief's resignation, citing agency's 'significantly degraded' ability to handle emergency calls


 
 

Sam Kosmas, MyFoxDC.com | | Tuesday, July 2, 2013


WASHINGTON - A D.C. councilmember is calling on Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe to step down amid questions about the department's ability to handle medical calls.

JEMS: DC Councilman Reports 'No Confidence' in Ambulance Re-deployment Plan

Councilmember Mary Cheh says in a letter that "the agency's ability to respond to emergencies has been significantly degraded" and that Ellerbe "no longer has the confidence of the people of the district."

The letter was sent Tuesday to Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the committee that oversees the fire department. Last week, Wells rejected a proposal by Ellerbe to deploy more ambulances during the day and reduce the number available during the overnight hours.

In early March, an injured police officer had to wait 15 minutes for an ambulance from neighboring Prince George's County, Md. The incident highlighted the strain on the department's ambulance fleet.

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Courtesy of MyFoxDC.com

 




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