DCFEMS Management Hypocrisy


Years ago morale was at the worst it has ever been. What about now?


29 January 2014

“Who in the world is going to punish somebody for having violated protocol, but you save somebody’s life in the process; I’m not buying that.” [1] Mayor Vincent Gray



3 July 2012

“Lt. Alvarado was charged with violating the department’s Patient Bill of Rights after the Fox 5 news crew that was interviewing him photographed a patient who drove up to the fire station where the interview was being conducted and requested medical care.” [2]



The latest in personnel problems made worse by leadership mismanagement involves a failure to act and an officer with a bad image already in the news earlier [3]. Sources and friends downtown tell me that it is much more than a probationer following orders and, as with icebergs, the troubles being reported in the news are only 10 percent of the troubles in the department.

Mayor Gray’s “not buying it” quote will come back just like Deputy Mayor Paul Quander’s on soft-posting as a crime prevention tool.

““”It’s to prevent things from bubbling up. The idea is that if you have a fire engine with adults there no one is going to commit a crime,”” [4][5]


  1. “Mayor Gray outraged by death near fire station” MyFoxDc, 29 January 2014
  2. “ACLU Expresses Concern over Discipline of D.C. Firefighters” FirefighterNation.com 9 July 2012
  3. “Where’s DC’s fire chief & why were the accused firefighters still riding fire trucks?” STATter911 30 January 2014
  4. “Life Safety Initiative No.12 and the DCFD” Backstep Firefighter 26 July 2011
  5. “Firefighters’ Cars Broken Into During NE Patrols” NBC Washington10 January 2014

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Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George’s County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com.

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