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Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe has held onto his job through more than a year of controversy over a man’s death outside a D.C. fire station, slow response times, an injured D.C. police officer and a man who died of a heart attack on a day that one-third of the firefighters on duty called in sick. The mayor’s spokesman has made it clear that Ellerbe’s job is safe for now.


D.C. firefighter is struck by car, hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries

A 21-year-old Michigan man was charged with felony assault in incident on Florida Avenue NE.


Probationary firefighter in Medric Mills incident fired during remedial training

(Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

Remy Jones repeatedly did not show up for work.


Sunday morning fire at Northeast Washington apartment building kills 1

One person died Sunday in the 4 a.m. blaze, a spokesman said.


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(Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

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(Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

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A different measure of success for D.C. EMS

(Jared Soares / For The Washington Post)

D.C.’s emergency services can do better on cardiac arrest survival rates.


D.C. first responders prepare as Ebola threat grows

D.C. fire fighters and EMTs don biohazard suits to host Ebola response drill.


Probationary firefighter in Medric Mills case sent back to academy for training

(Obtained by The Washington Post / Obtained by The Washington Post)

A 77-year-old collapsed of an apparent heart attack near a fire station but was denied help.