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The DriveCam video from the crash involving two Tulsa fire engines on September 25 was released this week in the story above by KOTV-TV. This is the one where earlier this month there was an announcement that two firefighters were demoted and three others were disciplined because four of the eight firefighters were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. There were no injuries from the collision and damage to the rigs is estimated at $200,000.
News On 6 found someone had disabled the buzzers that remind firefighters to buckle up, not just on one or two fire engines, but on the majority of Tulsa Fire Department's fleet.
Two fire trucks collided in downtown, both going 25 miles an hour through a blind intersection. Though both had cameras on board, one was pointed down until the collision.
"I know, for me, it was very sickening to see it, first thinking we would have hurt firefighters or citizens involved, but thankfully that wasn't the case here," said Tulsa Fire Chief Ray Driskell.
What's more, the seatbelt alarms had been disabled on purpose.
Then, a wider inspection found most trucks had been tampered with, so that firefighters could go without seatbelts without hearing the alarm.
"I don't think we want to spend the man hours and resources trying to find out who did what, but I sent out a stern email saying, if anyone is found to tamper with any safety device, a ladder truck or whatever, there will be some action taken against those people, because we won't tolerate that," Driskell said.