Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The sad state of DCFD

My amazing husband is a DC Fireman. Ahem, I mean a member of FEMS.

I don't usually post about my husband's job, but the stuff going on there is seriously leaving me scratching my head.

Most recently, "FEMS" was called for a fire. What was burning? Their medical and personnel files containing confidential information:
http://statter911.com/2012/05/23/a-most-bizarre-story-from-the-nations-capital-dc-fire-police-unions-want-investigation-into-personnel-records-dump-burn-at-fd-training-academy/

Ellerbe demoting and transferring officers for using their brain when making a decision:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/21/battalion-chief-slams-ellerbes-bullying/?page=1

$70,000 in NFPA certified shirts sitting unused because of the incorrect logo:
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/70000-in-DC-Fire-Shirts-Unused-142008433.html

Ellerbe had several sexual harassment complaints in Sarasota, DC officials never asked to see his personnel records or do a thorough background check. Not to mention that he defrauded the IRS by claiming the Homestead Tax Credit in DC while living in Florida:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/6/dc-fire-chief-never-fully-vetted/

When the rank and file showed civil disobedience, FEMS PIO tweets that they were racist:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/6/conflicting-claims-roil-dc-fire-department/

Firefighter recently burned doing his job is disciplined for wearing the wrong logo:
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/02/fire-lt-robert-alverado-suspended-for-wearing-uniform-with-old-logo-72873.html

A great article summarizing the recent debacle going on:
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/looselips/2012/02/08/unfriendly-fire/

A few more articles on veiled threats, the proposed shift change, and the myriad orders regarding uniforms:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/post/state-of-the-district-speech-could-be-flashpoint-in-firefighter-conflict/2012/02/06/gIQAHiY7uQ_blog.html

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/01/d-c-firefighters-brave-cold-without-coat-due-to-uniform-changes-71689.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-the-dc-fire-department-needs-to-make-shift-changes/2012/01/12/gIQA1CW8wP_story.html

http://statter911.com/2012/01/03/dcfd-banned-new-year-brings-new-logo-rules-for-district-of-columbia-firefighters/

Sure doesn't sound like a place that I'd like to work. I sure hope that things change soon... morale is in the toilet!


1 comment:

  1. Several of my friends have husbands who are professional fire fighters in Montgomery County-- I don't know how the men do it or how the wives stay so supportive-- its a tough and demanding job when they are working and when they are not!

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