CONWAY FIRE CHIEF TALKS ABOUT PRECAUTIONS

by Gair on January 7, 2013

THE CHIEF OF THE CONWAY FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS INCIDENTS LIKE THE RECENT SHOOTING OF FOUR FIREFIGHTERS IN NEW YORK ARE RARE – BUT HIS DEPARTMENT DOES TAKE STEPS TO TRY TO MAKE ANY SITUATION HIS FIREFIGHTERS AND EMS PERSONNEL GO INTO AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

STEVE SOLOMON WAS ASKED TO RESPOND TO DECEMBER’S SHOOTING NEAR ROCHESTER WHERE FOUR FIREMEN WERE AMBUSHED AND SHOT – TWO OF THEM FATALLY – AFTER RESPONDING TO A BURNING HOUSE AND CAR.

THE CHIEF SAYS A SOMEWHAT SIMILAR SITUATION HAPPENED IN MADISON IN 2005 WHERE A MAN SET HIS OWN HOUSE ON FIRE AND THEN THREATENED TO BLOW IT UP.

SOLOMON SAYS THERE ARE OTHER RISKS TO BEING A FIREFIGHTER OR EMT THAN JUST RUNNING INTO A BURNING BUILDING.

HE SAYS THESE TYPES OF SECURITY SITUATIONS HAPPEN MORE OFTEN ON MEDICAL CALLS – AND IF THERE IS ANY ALTERCATION, POLICE ARE CALLED TO ASSIST BECAUSE IT THEN BECOMES A POLICE EVENT.

SOLOMON SAYS HE GOT INTO A WRESTLING MATCH WITH ONE PERSON HE WAS TRYING TO ASSIST AFTER HE WAS THREATENED BY THE PERSON –ANOTHER TIME HE USED WHAT HE HAD HANDY – A CARDIAC MONITOR – TO DEFEND HIMSELF AGAINST AN ASSAULT.

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