Five San Francisco Firefighters Await Suspensions

Two members of San Francisco Fire Department's top brass and three lower-ranking firefighters face possible suspensions stemming from an incident in which a firefighter suspected of being drunk struck a motorcyclist with a ladder truck and left the scene, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.

Chief Joanne Hayes-White has notified Assistant Chiefs Art Kenney and Dave Franklin that they could be suspended for 10 days and eight days, respectively, for their actions the night of the crash, June 29, sources familiar with the investigation said Monday.

The commanders were in charge of the crash scene shortly after firefighter Michael Quinn, 43, struck and seriously injured motorcyclist Jack Frazier at Fifth and Howard streets.

Quinn was responding to what turned out to be a false alarm when he entered the intersection on a red light and struck Frazier, who suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung when he was thrown into a fire hydrant. Quinn allegedly left and did not return to the department's Station No. 1 down Howard Street for several hours.

Sources have said that a surveillance camera filmed Quinn guzzling water at a bar at Fifth and Howard streets after the crash.

Another high-ranking official who was at the crash scene, acting Battalion Chief Mark Hayes, faces a possible four-day suspension, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because personnel cases are not public record.

The basis for the possible suspensions of the two assistant chiefs and Hayes was not immediately clear.

Under city rules, the chief can impose suspensions of up to 10 days without approval from the city Fire Commission. Any firefighter's appeal of a suspension would go before the commission.

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