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D.C. fire chief proposes removing two trucks from service in Shaw

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WASHINGTON - D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe wants to increase the number of ambulances in the District during peak call times.  Part of his plan to do that involves removing two fire engines from service in the Shaw neighborhood.  

Reactions to Ellerbe's proposal are mixed.  Councilmember Tommy Wells headed a public hearing on the issue Friday.  

Firefighters also gathered at Freedom Plaza in northwest D.C. on Friday to protest the removal of those fire trucks.  Critics say removing them will make it harder to respond to fires in that community.  

"It's not a transparent move," said Ed Smith, president of the D.C. Fire Association.  "Data hasn't been shared.  We don't know how it will impact the neighborhood.  We don't know what would be done with our firefighters.  It's just out of the blue."

Chief Ellerbe says nearly 80 percent of their work is EMS-related, and that's why he wants to remove the fire trucks and add more ambulances in certain locations.


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