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Stimulus Money to Build New D.C. Firehouses?

President Barack Obama has said that the billion-dollar stimulus money is not to be squandered, and should go toward "shovel-ready" projects.

Well, D.C. Fire/EMS Chief Dennis L. Rubin has a couple in mind.

Rubin will be requesting $41 million to renovate seven aging city firehouses and for 14 roof replacements, he told a council committee today duing an oversight hearing on his agency. The renovations would reflect the latest developments in environmentally friendly construction, such as "green roofs."

Rubin will also ask for $8 million of the stimulus money for parademics training that covers 50 employees.

Rubin told Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) and Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), Chair of the Committee on Public Safety, that he submitted the request to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. It's not final yet; the mayor is working on a complete package to turn in to FEMA officials sometime soon, Rubin said.

Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  March 4, 2009; 2:02 PM ET
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I can see these as needed capital improvements, however, how does it create jobs?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The improvments to the firehouses are desperately needed. The jobs will be created or kept by awarding contracts to construction companies for the renovation.

The paramedic training is another case entirely. The City needs to separate its EMS seervices from the Fire Department. Dense urban cities such as DC do not have a solid history of melding Fire Servise with their EMS into one system. Look at Boston, for example. They have an excellent system with proven success rates, and they are separate from the Fire Department. The Mayor ran on a campaign promise to do this very thing, then backtracked when he was elected into office.

Posted by: js3195 | March 5, 2009 5:11 AM | Report abuse

$8m to train 50 paramedics. That's $160,000 each!

Does the Post writing ask any questions?

Posted by: 098uiwer | March 6, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

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