Chief Ellerbe confirmed that the department has been in possession of 12 new ambulances since November that have not been put into service.
“When these statements are made a lot of times they are made with incomplete information,” Chief Ellerbe said in response to Judiciary Committee Chairman Phil Mendelson’s questions. “The units are there but until we pay for them we can’t legally put them on our roster and put them on the street.”
Additionally, Chief Ellerbe’s staff testified that employees still need to be trained to drive the new, larger ambulances and to use new technology on the units.
After the hearing, Chief Ellerbe spoke briefly on the sexual harassment complaint lodged in Sarasota, saying that public leaders often have to deal with unfavorable allegations.
“I never meant to or intended to harass anyone,” he said.