Mayor Vince Gray.
(NOTE: Sorry for three DC stories in a row, but the news keeps coming)
As we reported earlier this evening, WTTG-TV/Fox 5 reporter Paul Wagner is still trying to get Chief Kenneth Ellerbe or Deputy Mayor Paul Quander to talk about the disrepair of the DC Fire & EMS Department fleet. But apparently Wagner staked out the wrong person today. While Ellerbe and Quander aren’t talking, a spokesman for Mayor Vincent Gray is speaking up about the state of the department and confirms it isn’t good. Pedro Ribeiro tells Washington Examiner reporter Alan Blinder it’s not their fault and that this was the mess they inherited from the administration of Mayor Adrian Fenty and Fire Chief Dennis Rubin:
“The previous administration left the city unprepared. … It takes time to turn around a department that was neglected for so long,” said Ribeiro, who noted the agency has ordered or received 45 ambulances since Gray became mayor.
Here’s a little more from Blinder’s article:
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Monday that the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department suffered an “embarrassment” by being forced to acknowledge it misled city lawmakers last month about the state of its fleet. “It’s always a concern of mine that the council receive accurate information,” Mendelson said. “It’s an embarrassment to the department that the information they provided turned out to be incorrect.”
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Also on STATter911 …
- Reporter ambushes DC’s Deputy Mayor & still can’t get answers on fire department fleet. Union believes ladders untested since 2009. – March 18, 2013
- UPDATED – News report: While apologizing to council for giving wrong info on reserve fleet, DC fire chief & dep. mayor again gave wrong info about reserve fleet. – March 29, 2013
- Controversy all around, DC’s Mayor says he has confidence in Fire Chief Ellerbe. Deputy Mayor wants to know why 10 ambulances were out of service when cop needed help. – March 7, 2013
- More from DC: ‘Confidential’ letter on staffing from Chief Rubin to Chief Ellerbe. Report says DC having trouble finding all its ambulances. EMS union head speaks. Details on another inspector general report of department. – March 21, 2013
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