Baltimore City Firefighters Union Says New Fire Response Policy Is Putting Public Safety At Risk

  • Source: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
  • Published: 09/06/2019 12:00 AM

Baltimore City Fire Department is in its first week of a scaled-back response policy. Baltimore City’s Fire Department’s new police now sends two fewer engines to every fire — from five currently — down to three. Its policy change cuts short ladder trucks and battalion chiefs from two down to one. The City’s Firefighter Union said the new policy jeopardized someone’s life Sunday, on the first day it was implemented. A fire on Booth Street in west Baltimore would have brought 30 firefighters under the previous policy. Instead, 17 responded. They still rescued someone inside and put out the fire with only two fewer engines, one less truck and one less battalion chief. Ford said the policy is on a trial basis right now and that the new policy is in line with federal standards.


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