Outside audit finds fire fleet in poor shape
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.