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A new report from the District of Columbia's inspector general raises further questions about whether the fire department has enough trucks to respond to major emergencies.
The report found that numerous trucks designated as reserves by the department were unavailable. The District's firefighters' union pointed out similar problems after a D.C. Council hearing last month.
It noted that four of the trucks fire officials said were available in reserve had either been sold or were inoperable. The department is required to have a dozen reserve trucks as part of changes implemented after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe has acknowledged that he unintentionally gave inaccurate information to the council. Ellerbe said in a statement Friday that he's in the process of purchasing new trucks and ambulances.
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.