Albuquerque Fire Chief: Firefighters Got into Altercation at Rollover Scene

Albuquerque Fire Department Chief David Downey said recently two firefighters got into a physical altercation at the scene of a rollover accident, reports KOAT 7.

“It’s bad. I can’t sugarcoat it. It’s bad,” Downey said. “It’s embarrassing and unprofessional. I can’t say anything else about it. It’s not a behavior we would ever condone.”

Right now, Downey said an investigation by AFD will find out what sparked the altercation, and if firefighters got into it before the people injured in the rollover were treated.

“If all of the patient care had not been done and patient care was compromised, that makes a bad situation worse,” Downey said.

Downey, however, said it’s not fair to call the altercation a fight just yet.

“Not yet, but that seems to be the common explanation. But, I don’t want to say definitively. That’s what it sounds like,” he said.

The fire chief said incidents like these are rare.

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