VIDEO: Sacramento area firefighters are facing some new challenges on emergency calls.
A man is going up to crews with a camera while they’re on calls, often peppering them with foul language and intimidation. Video shows the man behind the camera verbally confronting fire crews and coming right up to firefighters with taunting language.
“It’s extremely concerning to us,” said Roberto Padilla, a spokesperson with Sacramento Area Firefighters 522.
The firefighters union spokesman says run-ins with this man have happened on multiple occasions.
“He’s antagonizing people, he’s insulting them, he’s trying to get a rise out of them,” Padilla said. “That’s not acceptable behavior.” “I would like to know what his motive is,” said Walt White, a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District board member.
White, who is also a former Sacramento Fire chief, says the confrontations appear unprovoked.