A firefighter has been punished for his quick thinking, and it's solicited a huge reaction from the community...
Now, of course, firefighters have an extremely difficult job...
Not only do they put their own lives at risk to save others, but they also face pretty serious consequences if they don't follow protocols...
Even if it's detrimental to those they're trying to save.
Shockingly, one firefighter is facing repercussions after making a decision that was deemed inappropriate...
That in return saved a young burn victim from further danger.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department is facing criticism within the community...
After a firefighter was punished for driving a young burn victim to the hospital on Christmas Eve, instead of waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
Major Corey Britt was relieved of his role at Station 34 in Oklahoma City...
There has since been a petition for him to return to Station 34.
Fire Chief Richard Kelley told reporters:
"We don't transport patients," in response to questions about why Britt is being disciplined.
It took place earlier this week at Oklahoma City Fire Department headquarters...
"That's not our job," Kelley continued.
According to Kelley, Britt will keep his same rank and pay...
But will face "internal corrective measures."
So, what exactly happened? Well, this all started after EMSA complained about Britt's actions...
The emergency service that sent the ambulance took more than twenty minutes to show up.
They were dispatched on a medical call involving 3-year-old Quinn Amme...
Who suffered second-degree burns.
Britt arrived at 7:13 p.m. and contacted EMSA to upgrade the call from a Priority 2 to a Priority 1, which it did.
@peytonyager @amanchor @kfor Time to dump EMSA and provide the Fire Department with Ambulances.— Sir Mark J. Hill, KTI, MBA (@Sir Mark J. Hill, KTI, MBA)1611508982.0
At 7:22 p.m. Britt called back for an update on the vehicle, and was told they only set off 4 minutes prior.
At 7:30 p.m. Britt told EMSA to cancel the ambulance...
@peytonyager @amanchor @kfor I grew up with Major Britt (Corey). His heroic actions do not surprise me one bit. He… https://t.co/X0LTyy179e— Fawn (@Fawn)1611770852.0
Instead, he drove the girl to the hospital himself.
The ambulance was less than half a mile from the scene when Britt canceled the unit, KFOR reported.
@peytonyager @amanchor @kfor That’s ridiculous considering that we know the ambulances have been delayed because of… https://t.co/c6Ueff2d5L— cjfaulkner (@cjfaulkner)1611426841.0
Despite this, Britt thought it best to not wait any longer.
Deputy Chief Mike Walker explained:
@big_poppa61 @peytonyager @amanchor @kfor Sometimes what’s “right” on paper is only right on paper.— Kelly (@Kelly)1611481708.0
"Most of the times, those calls are excellent, but if you miss the mark, we talk about it and correct it as necessary."
But family members of the toddler praised the firefighter for his decision.
@peytonyager @tre0808 @amanchor @kfor Apply laws to situations when judging. This was a heroic act not a crime. Geez!— BOOMERSHAWN! (@BOOMERSHAWN!)1611445209.0
Telling KFOR they backed the decision to transport the injured girl himself.
Mother Kristin Amme said:
"I appreciate every decision he made when the system failed us." She added that Britt "made a decision not only as a first responder and a firefighter, but as a father and a fellow Oklahoman...He made the best choice for the care of his patient."
Firefighters told KFOR anonymously...
"None of the firefighters feel like this is fair. Yes, we know he broke policy, but he was only trying to help the child."
Oklahoma City has experienced ambulance delays due to the pandemic.
Asked whether this may have been a factor, Walker replied: "It could. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the officer's state of mind, but on the other side, we are trained to deal with these emergencies."
The Oklahoma City Professional Fire Fighters Association issued a statement saying it "stood in full support" of Britt.
@peytonyager Wow. @OKCFD this is the worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Punishing a guy for taking care of chi… https://t.co/vZ3sG6lSni— SoonerOkie (@SoonerOkie)1611427908.0
Cameron Weems, the president of OKC Firefighters Local 157, released a statement saying: "While his actions would not be considered routine, Major Corey Britt gave to the department the reasoning behind his decision."
"Unfortunately, obstacles arising from both COVID-19 and staffing on transport vehicles has caused issues with longer-than-normal wait times for patients on the scene of an emergency."
To battle this, Weems has given insight into what they plan on doing to tackle the issue...
The ambulance was more than 20 min late. A firefighter made a decision. Major Britt loaded up the burned little… https://t.co/GIJAhE5FvJ— Peyton Yager (@Peyton Yager)1611425652.0
"Going forward, this Local looks forward to productive conversations with all parties involved to find remedies to this issue. In doing so we will be able to avoid putting our personnel in the unenviable position of trying to provide quality care while also being unsure when additional assistance will arrive in the form of a transport unit."
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