Troy firefighters union says lack of resources is risking lives

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A fire victim is alive — pulled from a burning wreckage by Troy firefighters, after a recent overnight call.
However, those heroes say their triumph is clouded by claims vital resources are disappearing as the number of calls only increases.

One team in Troy staffs both a firetruck and an ambulance at the same time, in what’s called cross staffing. That means everyone available was fighting the fire, and the victim had to wait for another agency to take them.

The union is frustrated after they say the city took one ambulance out of rotation on overnights. The city says that the ambulance was not taken out of rotation, because it was never meant to run overnight permanently and was only a temporary arrangement.

Troy’s union president says the increase in calls with a lack of resources is not just hurting patients.

Hear how he says it’s also hurting morale in the fire department by watching the video of Stella Porter’s story.