The firefighters union in New Orleans confirmed Wednesday that a handful of its members played a role in the removal of the Liberty Place monument early Monday. Nick Felton, New Orleans Fire Fighters Association president, said the union has concerns over firefighters who were seen wearing masks and bulletproof vests during the removal of the Confederate-era monument. Felton said Wednesday it is believed that as many as five to six firefighters were involved. The union would not confirm if the firefighters were volunteers or were assigned the work.
City leaders confirmed Wednesday that public safety agencies took part in the removal.
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A veteran paramedic and fire chief says he worries that people with health emergencies might start calling for an Uber ride rather than an ambulance due to high costs.
That aversion to an ambulance bill can cost lives, said Mark Becraft, chief of the North Davis Fire District. “It puts the community at risk,” Becraft said.
Across the country, drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have reported ferrying injured or sick people to emergency rooms, according to STAT News.
“If you’re having a stroke, you’re someone not medically trained, and you wait 30 minutes for a college Uber driver …,” Becraft said.
An Eagan firefighter is suing the city and its fire chief, claiming he was demoted from a battalion chief position because he is gay.
In a civil lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, firefighter Dan Benson alleges discrimination based on his sexual orientation and violation of his constitutional rights by Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott and the city. Benson joined the fire department about 18 years ago, moving up along the way to become battalion chief. As such, he was paid a monthly stipend. He also contributed to a fire department pension.
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan and others reacted with anger and concern after a Milwaukee Fire Department station near Teutonia and Locust was shot at on Sunday, April 23rd. A bullet penetrated the window of Station 30 during the shots fired incident.
It happened around 6:45 p.m. as the firefighters at Station 30 were getting dispatched to a car fire.
"A very loud noise was heard on the north end of the station," Aaron Lipski, MFD deputy chief said. Firefighters reported hearing that loud noise, but in the rush of responding to the fire call, they didn't have time to investigate the cause of that noise. When they returned, they found shattered glass and the punctured window.
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A Lake Wales man is accused of biting a chunk of skin out of an firefighter who was helping a deputy restrain him, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
According to an affidavit, on Tuesday night deputies responded to a crash in the area of Thornhill Road and Moonlite Pass. When a deputy asked Breonski Gardner, 26, for his license, Gardner threw the keys at him and told him to get it himself.
The deputy said Gardner continued to be uncooperative, so the deputy told him he was under arrest. Gardner fell to the ground, and an emergency medical technician stepped in to assist the deputy.
While the deputy and EMT struggled to put Gardner in handcuffs, the suspect bit the EMT on the forearm, the affidavit said.