In New Castle County, Delaware a conflict between two nearby fire companies is now very public after the battle resulted in one fire company being cut out of responses in the other fire companies area. The News Journal’s Sean O’Sullivan talks with officials with both the Five Points Fire Company and the Minquas Fire Company in an effort to understand how it came down to this. I encourage you to read the entire article. Here are some excerpts that give you an idea what it is about:
According to Five Points Second Assistant Chief Paul Shavack, the Minquas engine that responded to Temple Terrace just before midnight tailgated the Five Points truck to the scene, alarming the driver.
At Temple Terrace, Shavack said, crews from Minquas – despite arriving second – ran the hose from their truck to the home and nearly collided with Five Points firefighters, who were doing the same thing.
Shavack said Five Points let Minquas take the lead, but commanders were concerned about the behavior of Minquas crews, adding that it was not the only incident of overly aggressive teams from Minquas.
“Our guys, we train regularly,” (Minquas Fire Chief Joe ) Dierolf said. “We train to stay, what they call ‘combat ready’ for a situation. It is an every day thing, so we could do it with our eyes closed. I would not tell my guys to be running around being a cowboy and bullying, that is not what the Minquas Fire Company is about. We go in to assist in any way possible.”
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