Nebraska mayor calls firefighters soda can alerts "unnecessary"

  • Source: KETV-TV ABC 7 Omaha
  • Published: 02/14/2018 12:00 AM

Mayor Jean Stothert said she first saw the "soda can" alert when she watched our KETV report. Some firefighters place pop cans on top of a printer that activates when emergency calls come in--causing the pop cans to fall to the floor making a loud noise. "When I saw the cell phone video, I was very disappointed firefighters want to give the idea to the public their safety is at risk," Mayor Stothert said. "Just showing one mobile video is inappropriate because it didn't tell the whole story." Mayor Stothert said it's "unnecessary" for firefighters to use the pop cans because there are procedures when the fire station alert system goes down. Those procedures include state of the art portable radios every firefighter carry 24 hours a day.


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