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A new issue appears to be on the table in the ongoing problems between DC Fire & EMS Department Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and some of his firefighters. It revolves around a verbal order transmitted Saturday through the chain of command to DC firehouses. It addresses the possibility of protests at Mayor Vincent Gray's State of the District speech to be delivered tomorrow night at the Historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Northwest.
The warning of potential punishment comes following the walkout by firefighters at Chief Ellerbe's January 24 speech on the state of the department.
Here's the description of the latest issue from a letter posted today by IAFF Local 36 president Ed Smith:
Washington City Paper's Alan Suderman, who writes the column Loose Lips, say he has pictures from a half dozen log books from city firehouses documenting the verbal order that came via Deputy Chief Larry Jackson. But the word from the department spokesman denies the involvement of Chief Ellerbe:
Ellerbe spokesman Lon Walls says the whole episode is "much ado about nothing." Walls says that while Ellerbe expects his troops to behave professionally at the mayor's speech, he did not send out "any kind of directive like that."
"There's not been any message," says Walls.
The Washington Post's Mike Debonis has more from spokesman Walls in his District of Debonis blog:
Lon Walls, an FEMS spokesman, said “there was no directive” and explained a lieutenant who is also a union member “misconstrued” departmental discussions.
Walls said the department “respects their right to freedom of speech,” but declined to say that firefighters who wished to protest could do so without fear of discipline. “It would not be appreciated,” he said. “It would be frowned upon.”
Also on STATter911 …
- A bizarre DC update: Ellerbe wanted Rubin’s ‘head on a stick’. The Rube finally uses Ellerbe’s name and he gets back-up from his own arch-enemy. Oh yes, and there is some real news. – August 17, 2013
- DC Mayor’s spokesman: ‘previous administration left city unprepared’ and says fire department was ‘neglected’. – March 18, 2013
- What did the fire chief know & when did he know it? Washington City Paper raises questions about deputy chief’s retirement & Chief Ellerbe’s knowledge of faulty fleet list. – March 15, 2013
- DC fire chief responds to call for resignation. His bosses blame previous administration & say Ellerbe isn’t going anywhere. – July 3, 2013
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