Flaws in D.C. Fire Department Equipment Inventory List

A recent news report detailed a number of errors in the D.C. fire department’s inventory that led to the resignation of a deputy chief.

According to the Washington Post (http://wapo.st/WRMe3X), a spreadsheet fire officials gave to the city council last month incorrectly listed information on at least four trucks and six engine pumpers in the department’s reserve fleet. For example, Ladder Truck 34 is listed as ready to respond to an emergency as a backup, but in reality the vehicle is in a scrap yard in Wisconsin, with no ladder, no back seat and no steering wheel.

The discrepancies underscore controversy over whether the department can adequately perform its duties with its current apparatus and equipment.

When confronted with the information last week, the fire chief conceded the errors and announced that the deputy chief who had compiled the list would retire.

Read more on the situation at http://wapo.st/WRMe3X.


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