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Baltimore's firefighter union response to dispatch issue during Friday fire

Baltimore's firefighter union response to dispatch issue during Friday fire
Posted at 11:30 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 11:54:29-04

The union president for the local 734 firefighters released a statement Tuesday in response to an ongoing investigation into a dispatch issue that may have delayed response to a fire in Waverly.  

Richard Altieri said a revised memo was later released, to clarify the original policy which may have influenced firefighters with Engine 31 to be ordered to standby and wait as they watched a house burn on the 1600 block of Chilton Street last Friday.

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The new memo clarifies language by allowing a suppression unit to contact the responding Battalion Chief to allow a unit who may be closer to respond to the box assignment by providing their location, distance to the incident, and request to be added.

Altieri also stated he will continue to support member's rights in the event of any disciplinary actions taken.

The incident is still under investigation within the Baltimore City Fire Department.