Okla. FF disciplined for transporting burned child in engine
Oklahoma City fire officials said the firefighter's actions went against both protocol and state law
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By Laura French
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — An Oklahoma City firefighter has been disciplined for transporting a child burn patient in a fire engine, officials say.
The firefighter reportedly decided to transport the 3-year-old girl after waiting for Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) personnel to arrive at the scene on Christmas Eve, according to KOCO. The girl had suffered burns to her lower body.
An EMSA supervisor filed a complaint following the incident. Officials say the firefighter's actions went against both EMS protocol and state law.
Oklahoma City Deputy Chief Mike Walker reported last week that the firefighter involved had been disciplined and that the discipline did not involve demotion, termination or loss of pay. Walker told KOCO he hoped the incident would be "a learning event."
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