LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – A D.C. firefighter has been relieved of duty Thursday night after refusing orders to participate in a crime deterrent program.
The initiative, known as “soft posting,” was implemented under D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander in 2013 to deter criminal activity in District neighborhoods during overnight hours.
WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves reports two firefighters refused the assignment and one was relieved of duty.
The firefighter faces suspension once disciplinary charges are filed.
D.C. Fire Department Chief Kenneth Ellerbe says the firefighter refused the direct order and was relieved of duty on site.
“He was disruptive and disrespectful,” Ellerbe said.
Ellerbe will step down on July 2 after three controversial years as chief. The department has received backlash after several incidents, including a D.C. fire company not offering immediate aid to a 77-year-old man who collapsed and died across the street from a firehouse.