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DC update: Consultant says progress but still problems with fleet. More on former PGFD chief as ops chief.


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Previous coverage of Jones appointment

The quiet in DC broke over the weekend with the naming of former Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Chief Eugene Jones as the assistant chief of operations for the DC Fire & EMS Department. Andrea Noble of The Washington Times looks into this appointment by Chief Kenneth Ellerbe. But first an update on the state of the department's fleet.

News Buff Peter Hermann, Washington Post:

The beleaguered D.C. fire department has made strides to correct deficiencies that led to a series of failures this past year, including slow responses to emergencies and broken equipment on ambulances, an outside consultant has found.

A summary of the report obtained by The Washington Post credits the department with purchasing more ambulances and hiring a civilian with expertise in fleet management.

But the report says improvements are still needed in a number of areas. The fleet division, where the greatest progress has been made, remains “understaffed and improperly utilized,” the consultant found, according to a summary obtained by The Washington Post.

Andrea Noble, Washington Times:

Mr. Jones led the Prince George’s County department from early 2009 — returning to the department after retiring as a major with 25 years of service — through December 2010 when incoming County Executive Rushern L. Baker III opted to replace him. But in the short time he headed the department, Mr. Jones routinely found his policies and cost-cutting measures the target of union scrutiny.

“While Eugene Jones served as chief of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, we endured many challenges under his leadership,” said Andrew Pantelis, president of the Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association. “In his short tenure, we witnessed a significant reduction in staffing which resulted in station closures, increased response times and dangerous work practices.”

While Mr. (IAFF Local 36 president Ed) Smith said he was not familiar with allegations made by the county union about Mr. Jones, he questioned the decision to hire from outside the city and the department.

“It’s just strange because when the confirmation hearings were held for Ellerbe, the city was all about hiring from within. It seems a little hypocritical to me that with One City-One Hire, that they went outside,” Mr. Smith said, referring to a program promoted by Mayor Vincent C. Gray to encourage employers to hire D.C. residents.

Public records indicate Mr. Jones lives in Beltsville and has registered his consulting business, Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants, there. D.C. officials did not respond for comment about whether Mr. Jones would move into the District as a condition of his employment.

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  • OutOfCronies?

    Alright boys, line up for the chopping block.

  • Anonymous

    When is DC leaders going to wise up and do what is best for the citizens and firefighters?  

    • JustSayin’


      OH PLEASE, You're Killing Me.!!!

      I appreciate what you're saying… I Really Do.!!!

      But…..   DUH.!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      That's just it, they don't care about the FF's let alone the citizens.



  • 8truck

    He caused problems with the union in PG? Sounds like Ellerbe's perfect candidate.

  • The Truth Will Set You Free

    Jones lied while a citizen died.  He lied about the ambulance being placed out of service during his interview, posted by Dave in an earlier story.  No disciplinary action was taken against his volunteer friend who placed the ambulance out of service.  Instead he tried to fire the person who reported the incident thru the chain of command, claiming he gave the story to Dave Statter, which Mr. Statter knows is not true. Jones should be in jail for the cover-up instead of getting a new job in charge of the citizens of Washington D.C.  Ask for the report on rthe incident under the freedom of information act.  Never mind, it was probably destroyed before he left the building.

  • Mike

    Somebody better tell Ms. Noble he never "lead" PGFD during his short tenure- he was Jack Johnson's little hand puppet.

  • Anonymous

    Wasnt the job posting in DCFEMS for Assistant Fire Chief of SERVICES?

  • ThatGuy

    I'd rather take his $150,000 salary and waste it on scratch off tickets than see this clown in charge of the NATIONS CAPITOL CITY.

  • Anonymous

    Man sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. Bend over DC grab your ankles and be ready. With LRB & EJ this road show is only has only begun. Grab a drink and popcorn the show is about to start.

  • Volunteer for life

    I really thought DC could do know worse. I actually feel bad you guys have to work for mickey mouse and Donald duck.

  • Volunteer for life

    The union never woulda thouhgt that Rubin would be considered the good ole days!