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Fire department suspended after 7 firefighters including driver arrived drunk at emergency scene

By Mason White 8:21 AM January 3, 2018
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Some firefighters will not be able to help the public after they were accused of endangering lives.

According to police in Pennsylvania, officers were called to Pete’s Pizza on the 1100 block of Quentin Road to investigate a claim that firefighters arrived at a fire call while they were drunk.

The firefighters arrived at the scene at 10:10 p.m. and 7 out of the 9 members of the Speedwell Fire Company in Lebanon County were reportedly drunk.

Those firefighters were disciplined. The board of directors and the fire station was shut down for now. A neighboring department is now taking the emergency calls.

West Lebanon Township supervisors have voted to uphold the ban for at least another 30 days while the new board of directors get new safety measures in place.

Michelle Testerman, who is the new president of the Speedwell Fire Company, said that they are now restructuring the department and are getting the bylaws in order.

Paul Bametzreider said that township officials have not ruled out the possibility of a longer suspension if the committee is not happy with the way things are handled by the new leadership.

So far, no criminal charges have been brought against the firefighters who were accused of being drunk.