Omaha Fire Department won’t staff high school football games for free any more

Omaha Fire Department won’t staff high school football games for free any more
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ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, PENDING THE INVESTIGATION. MELISSA: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON IS IN FULL SWING. , FIREFIGHTERS NEAR THE FIELD, TOO. TODAY, WE LEARNED OMAHA’S FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL NO LONGER PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES FOR FREE. EVERY FALL UNDER THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF GAMES AND THOUSANDS OF PLAYS. ALL IT TAKES IS ONE TO SEND A STUDENT TO THE HOSPITAL. ONE OF THE LAST PLAYS NUMBER 17 MADE, BEFORE SUFFERING A SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY. STEVE: WE HAD A YOUNG MAN NAMED, ERIC LOFTON, THAT HAD SEVERE AND BECAUSE OF THE SERVICES, I THINK HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT AWAY, AND I THINK IS DOING FINE NOW. MELISSA: STEVE EUBANKS OVERSEES ATHLETICS FOR OPS. AND HE CREDITS THOSE FIREFIGHTERS IN THE STANDS THAT SEASON, AND EVERY GAME SINCE. THEY ARE SWAMPED WITH STANDBY CHIEF KANGAR: WE’VE BEEN GETTING ASKED TO PROVIDE SERVICES BEYOND JUST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STANDBYS — SOCIAL EVENTS, OTHER SPORTING EVENTS, 5K RUNS, POLAR PLUNGES. MELISSA: AS WELL AS AN INCREASE IN EMERGENCY CALLS — UP 16,000 CHIEF KANGAR: EVERY TIME WE DO THAT, WE MOVE RIGS OUT OF POSITION AND TAKE THEM FROM A POSITION OF BEING READY TO STANDING BY AT ANOTHER EVENT. WHICH POTENTIALLY HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OUR RESPONSE TIMES. UP AND FOCUS ON OUR MAIN MISSION. MELISSA: OPS ALSO PUTS SAFETY FIRST. THAT’S WHY EUBANKS SAYS HE DOESN’T DOUBT THE DISTRICT WILL PAY FOR OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTER AND MEDIC PROTECTION. STEVE: WE ARE GOING TO LOOK TO TRY TO HAVE THOSE SERVICES AVAILABLE AT EACH AND EVERY HOME VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME. AND RIGHT NOW, BRYAN HIGH, WHICH IS PART OF OPS, PAYS FOR SERVICES FROM BELLEVUE FIRST RESONDERS. SO THIS ISN’T A SITUATION THAT’S UNHEARD OF. WESTSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS

One thought on “Omaha Fire Department won’t staff high school football games for free any more

  1. sad but understandable that money has priority over safety. when does this go into effect, immediately, next school year, or somewhere in-between?

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