Judiciary And Public Safety Roundtable On FEMS Apparatus Assessment And Paramedic Vacancies

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Room 500

Hearing Video

Councilmember Tommy Wells, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, announces a public oversight roundtable to review and discuss the results of the thirdparty assessment recently conducted for the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS). This internal audit, which was performed over the summer, is expected to produce a framework for FEMS fleet purchasing, employee hiring, and general distribution of emergency medical services for the District. The roundtable will also discuss the current state of the Department as it relates to paramedic vacancies and the emergency medical services demands of the District.

The Committee will also receive public comment on Bill 20-523, the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Major changes Approval Amendment Act of 2013, which would amend a provision requiring Council approval of major changes in the manner in which the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department provides emergency medical services, by allowing passive approval.

The Committee invites the public to testify. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to testify should contact Tawanna Shuford at 724-7808 or tshuford@dccouncil.us, and furnish their name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by 5 p.m. on December 2, 2013. Witnesses should bring 15 copies of their testimony. Testimony may be limited to 3 minutes for individuals and 5 minutes for those representing organizations or groups.

If you are unable to testify at the public hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted by 5 p.m. on December 18, 2013 to Ms. Shuford, Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, Room 109, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 20004, or via email at tshuford@dccouncil.us.