Firefighters did not fight for Cecil Mills


Internal FEMS report raises questions about basic training for firefighters. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The fallout from the death of Medric Cecil Mills Jr. continues with news of an internal Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department report, obtained by WTTG-TV, that offers more details on why the firefighters of Truck 15 failed to react to calls for help from across the street. The rookie firefighter who manned the watch desk and fielded the first calls for help didn’t know what to do — such as ring the firehouse bells to alert others. And the fellow firefighter he then approached failed to do much more. While the response from the rookie, Remy Jones, might reflect poorly on the cadet program that trained him, more experienced colleagues, including a veteran lieutenant, failed to do much more. Reached by The Post’s Amy Brittain onThursday, Jones made his first public comments on the case: “Every day is a new day,” he said. “I don’t understand why there is public interest in this. Why haven’t you found a new story?”

In other news:

Kenneth Ellerbe appears today on The Politics Hour (WAMU-FM)

At oversight hearing, David Catania presses Kaya Henderson on persisting achievement gaps (Post)

Latest figures show continued DCPS enrollment growth — including in middle school (WAMU-FM)

D.C. health insurers must cover medical treatments for transgender policyholders, Gray announces (DofDWaTimesBlade)

17-year-old is shot to death Thursday afternoon in Bellevue (Post)

Most Stein Club members vote against endorsing Jim Graham, the council’s first openly gay Democrat (BladeLoose Lips)

At business forum, all candidates say they will be pro-business (WBJWRC-TVWTOP)

WAMU debate wrapups (DofDWAMU-FMWashingtonianWRC-TV)

Gray has abandoned “One City” principles in reelection campaign, Jonetta Rose Barras says (Post column)

Tommy Wells debuts cable TV ads (WashingtonianLoose Lips)

Muriel Bowser will respond to State of the District speech on public access TV (Loose Lips)

From America’s greatest college newspaper, an endorsement for Wells (Voice)

Compare and contrast: Charles Allen and Darrel Thompson (Hill Rag)

The at-large council candidates talk housing (GGW)

Contra Don Graham, Catania and the D.C. Council have a rightful role to play in school reform (Post letter)

Praise for pre-K for all (Answer Sheet)

Inside the coming revenue boom (WBJ)

Why rec centers are not a good place to house homeless families (DCFPI)

A call for runoff elections in D.C. (Post letter)

Mark Plotkin: “What are Democrats waiting for on D.C. statehood?” (The Hill)

John Hinckley will be able to spend up to 17 days a month away from St. Elizabeths (Post)

Superior Court judge won’t let Peter Orszag hide his financial information in child custody case (McClatchy)

Home health agency says its being unfairly stiffed in wake of federal charges against other firms (WJLA-TV)

Steady progress on housing D.C.’s homeless veterans (DCist)

Early steps taken in replacing Fort Dupont Ice Arena (WBJ)

More on D.C. Water GM George Hawkins’s dive into fracking debate (E&E)

A Dupont church wants to downsize and build housing to survive, but neighbors push back (GGWSALMDistrict Source)

In retail terms, Georgia Avenue is “ascendant,” biz types say (ElevationDC)

Eleanor Holmes Norton demands answers after TSA officer fails to recognize D.C. driver’s license as valid ID (DCist)

Meet RFK’s groundskeeper Willie Leak, on the job for 50 years (Post)

When you should visit the DMV if you have to visit the DMV (Dr. Gridlock)

Traffic light timing will be “optimized” in wards 6, 7 and 8 (WTTG-TV)

Someone on the St. Elizabeths campus shot himself in the leg (Post)

Congrats to WAMU-FM for “Deals for Developers” award (SABEW)

Go-go legends Uncalled 4 Band will reunite (GOG)

Parody mayoral Twitter account inspires TV news segment (WTTG-TV)

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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