WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Fire Chief Apologizes For Ambulance Failures

Play associated audio
D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe apologized for the department's recent failures.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/6142998098/
D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe apologized for the department's recent failures.

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is apologizing for recent failures that led to slow ambulance response times in the city, but two District council members say they remain concerned about the chief's management of the department, given its staff and equipment shortages.

Ellerbe told a D.C. Council committee Thursday that the department's fleet "maintains an acceptable level of readiness." But he also says the department needs to change to keep up with the call volume in the fast-growing city. Ellerbe wants to redeploy some ambulances and make a major change to firefighters' work schedules.

Earlier this month, a D.C. police officer injured in a hit-and-run had to wait 15 minutes for an ambulance from Maryland. Fire officials say the department has 111 ambulances, but that only 58 of them are operational.

NPR

Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
NPR

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
WAMU 88.5

The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

NPR

Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

Leave a Comment

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