Report: FDNY forbids use of hoses against unruly crowds

  • Source: Staten Island Live
  • Published: 08/03/2020 12:00 AM

The FDNY has formally prohibited the use fire hoses to disperse unruly crowds, following several weeks of civil rights protests and rioting across the city that left several police officers and civilians injured. “While the vast majority of these (protests) in NYC have not involved the response of the FDNY, there is the potential for civil unrest, or acts of violence causing immediate danger to our members,” reads an order obtained recently by the New York Post. In 2011, firefighters came to the rescue of two police officers outnumbered in Mariners Harbor, in a scene so chaotic that members of the FDNY’s nearby Engine Co. 158 employed a truck-mounted deluge gun -- a water cannon -- to fend off the large group of teens. That incident aside: “It has been the Department’s longstanding practice that hoselines should not be used in any offensive or defensive manner against people,” the FDNY memo reportedly reads.


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