D.C. Fire Chief Reportedly Scuffles with Firefighter

The Washington D.C. fire chief reportedly got into an altercation with a firefighter at the scene of an ambulance fire.

A report on www.washingtonian.com (http://bit.ly/14SQwFF) reported that Chief Kenneth Ellerbe arrived at the scene of an ambulance with flames shooting from it to find an on-duty firefighter with a smartphone who seemed to be taking photos of the burning vehicle.

D.C. Firefighters Association President Ed Smith said the chief accused the firefighter of taking pictures and took the phone from him.

The firefighter, who has not come forward, felt ill and went to the police and fire clinic for assistance and filed a report, naming the chief and describing his actions. He subsequently went on sick leave for stress.

For further details, go to http://bit.ly/14SQwFF.

The D.C. fire department has suffered a great degree of turmoil in part due to problems with its aging EMS equipment. For more on its struggles, consider Investigators: D.C . Ambulance Fires Probably Accidental and D.C . Ambulance Carrying Shooting Victim Breaks Down.

Additional, the department’s chief has come under some criticism from line firefighters because of proposed EMS changes and other issues. For more, consider D.C . Fire Department Considers Adjusting EMS Staffing, Fire News: D.C . Fire Chief Tells City Council Flawed Data Used for Nearly a Year, D.C . Deputy Chief Retires After Providing Inaccurate Fleet Inventory Information, D.C. Firefighter on Administrative Leave for Wrong Logo, and Five D.C . Firefighters on Desk Duty After Critical Facebook Post.

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