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DC mayor's letter expresses concern of DC Fire/EMS readiness during serious emergency

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A letter from Mayor Vincent Gray referring to the Boston bombings is getting a lot of attention.

Mayor Gray brought up the emergency in Boston in a letter he sent to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson last week. Gray expressed concerns about firefighters working 24-hour shifts and some of them living too far away from D.C.

In the letter, Gray wrote, "Should a serious emergency situation impact the District of Columbia, as it did just last week in Boston, it would be almost impossible for many off-duty FEMS workers who would be desperately needed to report in a timely manner to meet the needs of our residents."

Gray's office told FOX 5 that the city's emergency services are prepared in the event of an attack similar to the one in Boston.

The Gray administration and firefighters union have been at an impasse over a new contract which would require firefighters to give up their current scheduling plan.

LINK:

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson


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