WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A public oversight hearing on the public safety response and protocols of the Office of Unified Communications, the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department is underway.
In a written statement, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells, who is Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, said, "I am holding this hearing to address questions and grave concerns, which have arisen after several high profile incidents, as to the effectiveness and coordination of public safety responses and protocols from the District's Office of Unified Communications, the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department."
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The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Among the people in attendance will be Medric Cecil Mills, III, who is the son of Medric Cecil Mills Jr. Mills Jr. went into cardiac arrest right across from a fire station in Northeast DC last month. His daughter tried to get help from firefighters but was told she needed to call 911 first. Then emergency responders were sent to the wrong address. An internal report released last week recommends disciplinary action against a handful of people including five firefighters and four employees at the 911 call center.
Other people in attendance are Santos Ruiz, the brother of Jose Santos Perez, Julie Moses, the mother of Andre Rudder, and Lolitha Givens.
Former Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Coles and Edward C. Smith President, of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local No. 36, DC Fire Fighters Association, will also be there.