North Carolina fire chief answers claims that medical call was wrongly treated as 'routine'

  • Source: Citizen-Times
  • Published: 12/18/2019 12:00 AM

Fire Chief Scott Burnette has said a captain's decision to respond to a 2012 medical call in a routine, nonemergency fashion did not delay life-saving efforts, despite accounts of two former firefighters who said the patient died but might have been saved with quicker action. Burnette's Dec. 14 statement about the seven-year-old incident brought surprised reactions from a former Asheville Fire Department chief and an ex-captain of the station involved with the call, who said responding to a "difficulty breathing" call as a nonemergency was highly unusual and did not seem appropriate. Allegations about the call first became public at a Dec. 10 City Council meeting, where former firefighter Chad Brooks spoke during a public comment session.


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