Some firefighters are hot over ice storm working conditions

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News12 at six o'clock/ Feb. 25, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The ice has melted but the Augusta Firefighter's Association is heated over how they say Richmond County Firefighters were treated during the storm.

Members are calling for an evaluation of the command staff.

There are reports of stations closing and some firefighters not having food. Firefighters were out on the front lines as usual during the recent ice storm. Now some are saying the higher ups didn't have their backs.

"We weren't checked on for water. There was some stations that was out of water the whole time," said Augusta Firefighters Association President Randy Reeves.

Augusta Firefighter's Association President Randy Reeves is steaming mad about how firefighters were treated during the storm. He says the fire department had no plan in place.

"Our command staff didn't know what to do. When people were calling in to see what the plan was they got no answer," Reeves said.

Reeves says three stations were closed because there weren't enough staff and not enough propane for the generators once the power went out.

"We do our job. when the tone goes off we get out there and do our job. We will complain to each other. when it gets back to me or the association we have to look out for the safety of the men," Reeves said.

The Firefighters Association says the problems continued over five days. Some firefighters didn't have food or water. He said a number of them were stuck at home unable to drive because of the icy road conditions.

"Our concerns are for the whole fire department member or non-member. We are talking for the whole fire department," Reeves said.

In essence, it boils down to keeping men and women who put their lives on the line safe.

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