D.C. Fire Dept. Uniform Controversy Sparks New Questions

4 firefighters required to submit second report on Obama event

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    President Barack Obama greets first responders after speaking in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office building on the White House Complex in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

    Four D.C. firefighters in the middle of a uniform controversy have to answer a few more questions.

    They got in hot water last week after appearing with President Barack Obama at a press event about the impact of sequestration on first-responders.

    D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe told News4 the firefighters did not have proper permission to attend the event in their dress uniforms. The chief said the firefighters will not be disciplined. However, they are now required to submit a second written report, this time answering specific questions about the matter.

    The chief said all D.C. employees have to follow certain policies and protocol when representing the District government at public events and that may not have happened in this case.

    News4 learned Lt. Robert Alvarado, one of the firefighters who attended the Obama press event, has butted heads with the department over uniform issues in the past.