106.7 The Fan All News 99.1 WNEW CBS Sports Radio 1580

Deputy DC Fire Chief Describes Culture of Fear

View Comments
Latest News

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

WASHINGTON — A retiring District of Columbia deputy fire chief has delivered a scathing assessment of Chief Kenneth Ellerbe.

Kevin Byrne told the D.C. Council Friday that Ellerbe has created a culture of fear and intimidation in the department.

Byrne blames that culture in part for the failure of firefighters to help a man who collapsed outside a fire station last month and later died. He says officers and firefighters have been disciplined for breaking protocol to respond to an emergency.

Byrne also says Ellerbe “went to war” with his senior staff and has demoted and disciplined officers and firefighters in unprecedented numbers.

Ellerbe says he was “taken aback” by Byrne’s comments. The chief says he has tried to be fair in the administration of discipline.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus