Two Texas firefighters suspended after damaging equipment, memos say

  • Source: Austin American-Statesman
  • Published: 07/18/2018 12:00 AM

Two Austin firefighters received four-hour suspensions after damaging department equipment during incidents in May and June. The first happened on May 16 when fire specialist Chad Benestante closed a bay door on a fire engine while leaving a station to respond to a call, suspension paperwork said. The second happened on June 10 when firefighter Dustin Mills was working with an aerial ladder. According to a disciplinary memo, the aerial device made contact with a light pole. Both incidents were deemed preventable by the department. “Preventable accidents involving AFD vehicles have a variety of costs both internally and externally,” the memo said.


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