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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- There has been mistrust when it comes to the DC Fire Chief and the department he runs.

It was evident at a DC Council hearing where the Chief proposed adding more ambulance service but not without the Shaw fire house down to give the ambulances a place to park.

Chairman Phil Mendelson says Chief Ellerbe dropped a bomb when he proposed closing Firehouse 6 on New Jersey Avenue so he could park six new ambulances.

Mendelson said, "I have problems with the proposal. You drop a bomb of clsoing Fire House 6 and the language is vague. Do you want to respond?

Chief Ellerbe said, "No"

Mendelson said, "Is that a no."

Ellerbe replied and said, "No."

DC Councilman Tommy Wells says there's an incredible environment of mistrust when it comes to Fire Chief Ellerbe, DC Council and the Fire Fighter's Union. He says there are eight more months in the current administration and they are trying to work together as much as possible in the time being.

Fire Fighters Union President Ed Smith says they are often times left out in discussions the Chief proposes.

Chairman Phil Mendelson says Chief Ellerbe dropped a bomb when he proposed closing Firehouse 6 on New Jersey Avenue so he could park six new ambulances.

Nothing says mistrust more than leaving a man to die because fire fighters refused to help. What's more is that the Lietenant in charge of Engine Company 26 at the time of the January incident will now go unpunished. The chief approved her retirement in light of 77-year-old Cecil Mills dying under her watch across from her firehouse.

Ellerbe says he was required to accept her resignation by DC law. When asked if the retirement process should change and wait for the internal trial board to render its decision Ellerbe says he is following the law and "I'm not a lobbyiest."

Three other fire fighters at Engine 26 at the time of the incident will also go before a hearing about their punishment in May.

Chief Ellerbe says he was required by law to accept Lt. Kellene Davis' retirement request before her administrative trial board came back with a decision.

Davis faced numerous counts of neglect to respond to 77-year-old Cecil Mills who suffered from a heart attack across the street from Engine Company 26 on Rhode I56.18 Island Avenue.

Three other fire fighters at Engine 26 at the time of the incident will also go before a hearing about their punishment in May.

Chief Ellerbe will most likely not continue lead the fire and EMS department past the current administration. Both mayoral candidates, Muriel Bowser and David Catania, have said they would not retain Ellerbe as fire chief.

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