According to MyFoxDC, a new proposed ambulance deployment strategy by DC Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe has a public hearing in front of the DC Council today. The proposed plan would remove the the engine and ladder truck and the firefighters at 1300 New Jersey Ave NW and replace then with several ambulances and medics.
From the MyFoxDC report:
Chief Ellerbe will be the first to tell you the job of firefighter has changed considerably in the last several years. There are far fewer fires and so many more calls for EMS. In fact, the chief says 80 percent of the calls for service are now for emergency medical services. In order to handle that, the chief says he has come up with a new strategy that will add ambulances in the city, but leave the Shaw and Mount Vernon Square communities without a truck and engine. Ellerbe says “That facility is close to New Jersey Avenue, Florida Avenue, the freeway so we can provide resources to Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and parts of Northwest from that fire station.”
ANC 6E04 commissioner Rachelle Nigro and other residents have their concerns over the potential loss of a ladder truck in the community. Ed Smith, the president of the firefighters union, intends to fight the proposal.
Hat Tip: Jeff Surprenant (@ohmyjeff) on twitter