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4 firefighters suspended over fire vehicle collisions


The Austin Fire Department has suspended four firefighters over collisions involving fire department vehicles, according to documents released Monday.

The suspensions involve some higher ranking firefighters, including one captain, and come as recent suspensions have led the Austin firefighters union to open an investigation into disciplinary procedures.

In less than a month, Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr has suspended nine firefighters for collisions involving fire vehicles. Each suspension has been only for a matter of hours.

For example, fire Capt. Tye Prange, received a four-hour suspension for his role in a May 7 incident in which a fire truck he was supervising struck tree limbs and damaged the vehicle, a disciplinary memo said.

Those suspensions have hurt morale, according to fire union president Bob Nicks.


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