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San Diego Rescue Fire Chief to Respond to Lifeguard Union's Concerns

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    Fire-Rescue Chief Responds to 911 Dispatcher Conflicts

    A few of the most important agencies that work to keep us safe are sparring over 911 dispatcher procedures. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy had some strong words for the Lifeguard Union Leader. NBC 7’s Megan Tevrizian reports. (Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017)

    San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy responded to concerns about a new dispatch system at a briefing for media early Wednesday.

    Chief Fennessy reassured the public, emphasizing the new 911 protocol is better for public safety and has improved response times.

    Chief Fennessy called the issue, which was first brought up by lifeguard union leader Ed Harris, nothing more than a political stunt.

    “Shame on you Ed Harris, you crossed the line and this is the main reason I am speaking out publically today,” Fennessy said.

    Lifeguard Union Head: 911 Dispatch System Causing Delays

    [DGO] Head of Lifeguard Union Says 911 Dispatch System is Causing Response Delays

    San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy says that the dispatch system San Diego Lifeguard Union head Ed Harris is blaming for response delays is actually shortening response times, and said the complaints from the union are political and irresponsible.

    (Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017)

    San Diego lifeguards worry the new 911 dispatch system rolled out last December is confusing dispatchers and adding to response times.

    Sgt. Ed Harris, leader of the lifeguards union and former candidate for San Diego mayor, said the change may have caused confusion on Sunday when a toddler needed to be rescued near Mission Bay Park.

    Fennessy has said the new system was put in partly to combat the high volume of unanswered 911 calls.

    Lifeguards Consider Breaking Away from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

    [DGO] Lifeguards Consider Breaking Away from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

    The lifeguard's union says its members are considering the possibility of breaking away from the fire department. NBC7's Omari Fleming joins us with more on the policy changes that lifeguards say may be putting your safety at risk.

    (Published Thursday, March 9, 2017)

    “Our change in dispatch protocol for inland water rescues has resulted in improved service to the community members we serve,” Fennessy said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that the Teamsters Local 911 president is misleading the public by making uninformed and false statements about this change.”