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IG report confirms DC did not have sick-out last New Year’s Eve. Blames management on department’s staffing issues.


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In the video above WTTG-TV/Fox 5 reporter Paul Wagner describes a DC Inspector General's report titled "FEMS fails to address critical staffing shortages" that was released Friday afternoon. It looks into the serious staffing problems that continue to plague DC Fire & EMS Department. The IG blames management for the shortages, including last New Year's Eve when some tried to blame a high number of absences on a sick-out. Here's what is in the executive summary about New Year's Eve:

FEMS took almost one-third of its transport units out of service on New Year's Eve due to staffing shortages that senior officers failed to address adequately, resulting in delayed medical care for citizens. Officers did not:
• realize that overtime restrictions did not apply to the pay period covering New Year's Eve;
• timely alert senior officers to the impending staffing shortage;
• analyze staffing and absence data beforehand to develop a contingency plan; and
• contact all members to request volunteers for overtime on New Year's Eve.
Having 12 transport units out of service delayed medical assistance to citizens. The team reviewed incidents involving transport unit delays for a cardiac arrest patient, a shooting victim, and a stabbing victim.

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  • Jimmy Clark

    Will the lying and pointing fingers ever stop in D.C? The chief must be real good friends with the POTUS and CONGRESS!

  • Ol Skool 86

    Shame on the mayor for allowing his friend to destroy a fire dept for shits and giggles.hope neither ever land a job again after this ….

  • Fire21

    My favorite quote is from Ayn Rand, who said "You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality".

    DC Fire management, the DC government, and the citizens of DC have been ignoring reality for quite some time now.  Doing so always eventually catches up.  So they all are now in the process of experiencing the consequences.  At some point they will have to get their collective heads out of wherever they have them stuck, and get on with fixing things.

    As we've seen stated in poor firefighting videos from other parts of the country, I'm sure glad I don't live there!

    • Fire21

      I am NOT accusing DC Fire of poor firefighting.  I am accusing DC Fire Administration of poor leadership and management.

  • JustSayin’

    SHOCKED.!!   Shocked, I Say.!!!!!!

    Isn't obious that the Union has PURCHASED ANOTHER STUDY.!!!!

    Souperman working his ever waking minute to turn DCFD into a modern, well run Fire Department YEY is ATTACKED everytime he turns around.

    Well,there ain't no Kyroptonite in DC.

    Souperman will sail thru this with a smile on his face, all the way to the Bank…

    And if something were to happen come election time, it don't change is bank balance..

    Get used to It, Comic Fans … He's here through the elections…

  • Dickey

    Ok. The first step in getting help is admitting you have a problem. Let's start with getting a new mayor and fire chief.

  • Really Disappointed

    This is all contrived, including this report. It is all leading to 3-3-3. This plays right into LRB's hand. He will now declare a state of emergency with staffing and submit that the only way to fix the problem is to change the shift to 3-3-3. This would eliminate the need to fill vacancies. This was the plan all along, including the negative media coverage it is recieving now. LRB could care less about his public image. He only cares about revenge on a department that he thinks treated him poorly, at any cost. There is a reason NO DEPARTMENT uses this shift. It causes sleep disorders, anxiety, marital problems, commuting nightmare, shift relief nightmare, I could go on and on. Say you get releived at 530 pm for all of your pm shifts, because of Rush Hour, You sitting in traffic for hours! no matter where you live. You will see your family for maybe an hour per day for 6 days in a row, every week. Work overtime? see them even less. This plan is bad. It has been proven that alternating your work schedule from day to night is physically and mentally damaging. 

    LRB is the epitimy of bad leadership. He bullies, He is racist, He takes responsiblity for nothing, He demotes all who dont "go along", He is incompitent, He is a micro-manager, He is vendictive, He retaliates for speaking out. 

    The Cadet program is run in total secracy as to how the candidates are picked. It is supposed to be for all city residents. I would like to know how many white schools were visited for recruitment to the program? How many white people were turned away because of the color of thier skin? This whole program is based solely on hireing minorities. This somehow seems like reverse racism to me. Also the citizens of every ward should be made aware that the people picked have not had to go through ANY testing to get this job! They are given there job and have a lower standard of integrity. It is allmost impossible to fire them because the rules simply dont apply. In fact I would be shocked if an officer has not been demoted for merely suggesting disciplinary action against a cadet. They are caudled at every level. 

    Thats my rant. Feel free to embarrass yourself trying to defend LRB or the current state of the CADET program. That is all.

    • Doing it.

      There is no such thing as reverse racism. It is simply racism.

      • Really Disappointed


        reverse discrimination


        Discrimination against members of a dominant or majority group, especially when resulting from policies established to correct discrimination against members of a minority or disadvantaged group.

  • DCFDmuzzled

    Apparatus in dissaray, staffing in dissaray, IG confirming both. What does it take for someone to lose their job?


    2 wrods SUCK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When can we bring a Class Action Defamation suit for both Slander & Libel..that includes you too Mr Bethea and the Fake Rastafarian who praised the King at the last hearing….from Ambulance Fires to the NYE so called sick out….the only thing here surpising me is that the IG has written an unbiased and uninfluenced report under Mayor Gray…afterall…the IG is apart of the DC Gov and works at the pleasure of Vinny….maybe the Feds said no more lying or you're next…..either way…the King and the Court will blame the lack of staffing on the guy who retired from the shop..

  • boo boo

    I am a recruit from the 2008 list and have been ready for hire since 2010.

    • hmm

      I'm not sure what the law is or how long a list is good for.  But this is something you may want to look into.  The Deptartment has hired city residents who have EMT cards and hid them in "Cadet" Classes. 

  • Anonymous

    Boo Boo:  If you have the means, a lawsuit may be the only option right now.  Actually I'm surprised there hasn't been one yet on the current hiring practices of DCFEMS…  The use of "other selected procedures" that have a "disparate impact" on a protected class can very easily violate federal anti-discrimination laws.  The following is directly from  Google search "disparate impact hiring" and you'll find lots of good stuff.  Good luck!

    ~The use of tests and other selection procedures can be a very effective means of determining which applicants or employees are most qualified for a particular job. However, use of these tools can violate the federal anti-discrimination laws if an employer intentionally uses them to discriminate based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, or age (40 or older). Use of tests and other selection procedures can also violate the federal anti-discrimination laws if they disproportionately exclude people in a particular group by race, sex, or another covered basis, unless the employer can justify the test or procedure under the law.


  • everymanforthemselvesatFEMS

    I hate to break it to you Boo Boo but you aren't getting hired. The recent PERB ruling all but sealed your fate. You should probably call Local 36 and ask why work hours and schedule were "mistakenly" taken out of our contract several versions ago and now rendered non-negotiable. Your best bet is to forget about FEMS and maybe when we attempt to hire again your children will be in the process. Let your kids know that "Personnel Selection to Special Operations Positions" was more important to Local 36 than many of our real life problems.

  • ThatGuy

    Boo Boo, what number on the list are you? Do you feel you have been passed up? I have somebody you should talk to….

    • boo boo

      thatguy….. I probably am that guy. Merry Christmas.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta love the District of Corruption Fire & "We're-A-Mess" Dept.!

  • 19262007

    @ everymanforthemselvesatFEMS,

    Really?!  That's what you're going with?  Personnel Selection to Special Operations Positions is what's most important to Local 36?  I'm gonna give you a little piece of information, slim.  Every 4th Monday, every month, there's this thing at the union hall, it's called a general membership meeting,  it's at 0900, you should try attending one or two.  I guarantee you'll learn more there than off of facebook.

  • ThatGuy

    boo boo, more like an investigative reporter….

    • boo boo

      Im in then. what do you have?

  • NJSteve


    Could you please check the link for the report. It appears broken and takes you back to your home page.

    • DStatter

      Check it now Steve. Must have lost it in conversion to new format. Should be there now. Thanks.