Better radios might have saved lives during D.C. Navy Yard shooting

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by Alexander Schuster/ KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 1:08 PM

(KMOV.com) – Washington D.C. firefighters believe more lives could have been saved in the deadly Navy Yard shootings. The fire chief says that radios provided to first responders by the Navy failed.

According to the chief, once inside the Navy yard building, radios stopped receiving and transmitting messages, leaving first responders unable to communicate with emergency crews outside. 

“This required the use of a runner,” the chief said, “ In order to respond to and get messages to units on scene, fire captains would have to go. . . all the way out of the building to transmit.”

According to reports, this is just the latest case of radio failure for fire units. The firefighter union president has documents showing radio failures as far back as three years.

The union president is now calling for the resignation of everyone involved with purchasing the radios.

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