In April we told you about a report from WTXF-TV that Chief Vincent Troisi of the Union Fire Company in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania (Bucks County) was under investigation. The TV station reported at the time that the chief was being investigated for "refusing to supply water to a paid fire company that arrived first on the scene of a warehouse fire" and instead gave water to the volunteer fire company that arrived later.
Now the whole fire company have been suspended by Bensalem officials. Here's what WTXF-TV reports today:
Bensalem officials announced Monday that the Union Fire Company's operations have been suspended due to its leader failing to follow township orders.
"Over the past 12-18 months, there have been many incidents and issues where the leadership of the company has failed to follow both the administrative and operational directions from the Township," says the news release from the Bensalem Township Department of Public Safety.
There is some speculation that some of the volunteer firefighters took issue with the fact that the township hired full-time paid firefighters last year using federal grant money.
Among the problems – officials say the volunteer fire company failed to send the proper number of firefighters to fires, sent civilians to fire scenes and tried to beat the township's paid firefighters to fires.
Furthermore, the township has been investigating reports that the Union volunteer company delayed getting water to the paid firefighters who were fighting a fire at a building on State Road on April 19th.
Also on STATter911 …
- The boat that is sinking a fire company: A misuse of federal grant money or just a nasty battle between police & fire in Bensalem, PA? – July 29, 2012
- Helmet-cam video: Two-alarm strip mall fire in Medford Township, New Jersey. – February 18, 2013
- Video & fireground audio: Vacant rowhouse in Baltimore, Maryland. – April 8, 2012
- Termination letter for career firefighter is signed by 13 of his colleagues. – January 21, 2012
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