Tampa Fla--Fire Chief Asks for Investigation Into Response to Apartment Fire
The Fire Chief wants to know whey the officer on the first arriving piece took the maintenance man's word that nothing was wrong and did not investigate the call for help which originated from occupants, not maintenance. The result.... 1 hour later the Fire Department returns to a 2-Alarm Fire and $200,000.00 in damages to the building.
Doesn't Happen Here............
This doesn't happen here (Maryland) because we don't let it happen. We may get an update while enroute, providing additional information, but we simply do not get cancelled by anyone, EXCEPT that the Alarm Company may provide info that they (Alarm Company Operator) have contacted the resident, and that the call is false, (the resident MUST provide a code number to the Alarm Company to insure against an unauthorized person being on the premises) but even then, it's our call, so we can cancel or go on in to check. The final say is the officer on the Apparatus. We love our cops, many of them are Volunteer Firefighters themselves, but cops don't run Fire/EMS calls unless there is a need for law enforcement (Auto Accidents, Assaults, Etc.) or we request their help (Traffic Control Etc.). Stay Safe....
Originally posted by DrParasite
but how many of us have been responding to an EMS or fire run, and then get cancelled by PD on scene as being unfounded?
Press Conference Scheduled to Release Findings
Fire Department Captain Suspended
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Longtime Tampa Fire Rescue supervisor suspended following apartment fire
From now on Tampa Fire Rescue crews will thoroughly check out all alarms, even ones sent in error. Tampa Fire Rescue made a mistake.
That's what officials with the department said in a news conference held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. As a result Captain Ron Taylor will be suspended for without pay for 24 hours, the equivalent of one shift.
Taylor was in charge of Engine 19 when it arrived at the Camden Bayside Apartments at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8. Shortly after they arrived, the firefighters left because they didn’t see any fire or smell any smoke.
Soon after Engine 19 departed the scene, Building 7 at the housing complex became engulfed in flames. Another crew, Engine 15, arrived approximately 50 minutes after Taylor and his crew left.
By that time it was too late. Three units in the building were destroyed. The Camden Bayside fire took place on July 8.
Investigators believe a bolt of lightning started the fire and triggered the alarm.
At Wednesday’s news conference Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Aria Green announced the incident and subsequent investigation would lead to a change in policy.
"From now on we will check out all fire alarms, false or not," Green said. "In the past if it was determined that they were set off in error, we will still go to the scene and check them out."
Three of the four units in Building 7 were damaged.
Taylor, a 25-year veteran firefighter, has an impeccable reputation and spotless record.
The building at Camden Bayside suffered approximately $200,000 in damage. Most of it was suffered by one of the top floor units where the lightning struck the roof.
The two bottom apartments suffered extensive water damage.