‘Medic unit roulette’

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is back in front of a D.C. Council committee today to answer questions about his department’s “readiness and dependability.” So it’s an opportune time for the latest report on the department’s increasingly dire paramedic shortage from WTTG-TV’s Paul Wagner. The firefighter union’s count has 53 paramedics departing since 2001, leaving less-skilled emergency medical technicians to care for sick or injured Washingtonians. That also means fewer “advanced life support” ambulances are plying the city streets. Union President Ed Smith, with a flair for the dramatic, puts it thusly: “Right now today, we have medic unit roulette and I hope it doesn’t stop on the wrong person.”

In other news:

Appeals court unseals Jeffrey Thompson opinion, reveals his concern about the “unlawful revelation of … private information,” not much else (PostLegal Timesopinion)

Plenty of objections lodged to proposed gun insurance requirements (APWaTimesExaminer)

Army Corps of Engineers axes Mall levee contractor after repeated delays (Post)

Microsoft gives $1 million to help public school teachers incorporate online learning (Post)

School bus drivers object to having their hours cut from June through August (WJLA-TV)

Jonetta Rose Barras: Time to put some thought into the Circulator (Examiner column)

Can DCPS do a better job property placing special education students? (Examiner editorial)

New federal Medicaid funding rules could screw D.C. hospitals (WBJ)

JP’s is about to reopen, and its Glover Park neighbors are not pleased (WRC-TV)

Northwest woman, 69, is assaulted by burglar (WJLA-TV)

Bicyclist badly injured in U Street car collision (Post)

Residents chase down 14-year-old robbery perp near Lincoln Park (Post)

In bracing move, Capitol Hill Matchbox tells ANC to shove it (Capitol Hill Corner)

Charter board looks favorably on proposed language immersion high school (Examiner)

D.C. parents favor William and Sophia (DCist)

Sequestration has boosted security wait times at D.C. airports (Dr. Gridlock)

City government vending machines will feature calorie counts (Examiner)

The story of a bike theft, first in a series (City Desk)

“HAWK” pedestrian signal rolled out in Cleveland Park (Dr. Gridlock)

So, yeah, that 90-percent-of-new-workers-live-in-D.C. stat is misleading (Housing Complex)

Where to find Chuck Brown around town (Curbed)

Let BuzzFeed teach you about go-go (BuzzFeed)

Kaya Henderson does not appreciate being made into a pinata (@HendersonKaya)

You love our journalism, now drink our wine (washingtonpostwine.comCity Desk)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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