Out­side au­dit finds fire fleet in poor shape

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An out­side con­sul­tant has is­sued a scathing au­dit of the D.C. fire depart­ment’s man­age­ment of its fleet of ve­hi­cles.

The au­dit found that the depart­ment’s firetrucks, am­bu­lances and other ve­hi­cles are “gen­er­ally in poor con­di­tion” and that the fleet man­age­ment sys­tem “has been in dis­re­pair for 15 to 20 years.”

The depart­ment paid con­sult­ing firm BDA Global $180,000 to per­form the au­dit. Chief Ken­neth B. Ellerbe said it “shows there is room for im­prove­ment,” but he notes that the depart­ment has pur­chased 30 new am­bu­lances and has im­proved re­sponse times.

Coun­cil mem­ber Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Demo­crat and chair­man of the com­mit­tee that over­sees the depart­ment, said some of the au­dit’s find­ings are “un­ac­cept­able,” in­clud­ing that it takes the Dis­trict 20 times longer to re­pair ve­hi­cles than it does in sim­i­lar ju­ris­dic­tions.

Po­lice said the in­ci­dent oc­curred at about 4:45 Mon­day af­ter­noon in the 4900 block of G Street South­east after an of­fi­cer con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion tried to speak to a man, who ran away. Po­lice said the of­fi­cer ran after the man and an al­ter­ca­tion en­sued. Au­thor­i­ties said the man pulled out a hand­gun and re­fused the of­fi­cer’s re­peated de­mands that he drop the weapon.

Po­lice said the of­fi­cer fired his gun and hit the man sev­eral times.

Robert Brown, 26, of the Dis­trict, died at a hospi­tal.

The in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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