Union: Thousands of firefighters didn’t work during Harvey
Thousands of Houston firefighters were told to stay home at the height of Harvey’s flooding even as calls for help overwhelmed 911 dispatchers, the president of the city’s firefighters union said Friday.
In an interview with Houston television station KHOU , Marty Lancton said that the fire department could have done more during the storm.
“I don’t want to hear about lack of resources,” Lancton said.
“Emergencies are something you prepare for. You don’t have the answers, but you prepare. In this case, they weren’t prepared.”
On Sunday, Aug. 27, as fast-rushing water chased people onto their rooftops, about 3,000 firefighters were instructed not to report to work, according to Lancton, an agonizing order for many eager to assist with rescues.