Union Votes 'No Confidence' In D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Union Votes 'No Confidence' In D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe

Play associated audio
Proposed changes to scheduling have led D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe into a clash with the firefighters' union.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/6142998098/
Proposed changes to scheduling have led D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe into a clash with the firefighters' union.

The D.C. firefighters' union says it has no confidence in Chief Kenneth Ellerbe to lead the department. Union leaders say a "no confidence" resolution in Ellerbe was approved Monday by a tally of 300 to 37, or 89 percent in favor.

Union president Ed Smith says Ellerbe's mismanagement of the fire department fleet has created gaps in coverage that are endangering firefighters and district residents.

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander said in a statement Monday that he continues to support Ellerbe's efforts to modernize the department. He's calling on firefighters to work with the chief to accomplish that goal.

Ellerbe has clashed with the union over his proposed major change to firefighters' work schedules. He says the schedule change is needed to get more firefighters working during the day, when the call volume is higher, especially for medical emergencies. Ellerbe's supporters say the chief is being vilified for the proposal.

Ellerbe has also faced scrutiny since the city had to summon an ambulance from Prince George's County, Md., to transport an injured police officer. Union leaders say his mismanagement of the department fleet is endangering firefighters and residents.

The last time the union voted "no confidence" in a chief was in 2001.

WAMU 88.5

Arlington Artisphere Likely To Close Next Summer

With Arlington's county government tightening its belt, the county manager is recommending that the Artisphere arts center in Rosslyn close up shop next year.

NPR

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of the Philippines' culture.
NPR

GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.
NPR

Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.