Report: Reedy Creek Fire Department Using SUVs to Respond to Emergencies, Rescue Vehicles In Disrepair

    According to a report from WESH, the Reedy Creek Fire Department (RCFD) is responding to emergencies at Walt Disney World in SUVs not equipped as rescue vehicles as their rescue vehicles are in disrepair. The report paints a grim picture of The Most Magical Place on Earth where first responders are rather consistently complaining of poor working conditions.

    Jon Shirey, president of the Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters Union said that two of the four fire engines are in service right now, and the remaining vehicles they have are not prepared to fight fires.

    Shirey presented a video of vehicles not working and breaking down. Shirey recounts a time when RCFD was responding to a cardiac arrest call and the rescue vehicle broke down en route to the call. A second vehicle was dispatched to assist. In another incident, a firefighter was being transported after sustaining an injury and the rescue vehicle broke down while in the middle of transport.

    Shirey said that he brought his concerns to the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) administration, but they have not responded. RCID did not respond to multiple requests for comment from WESH.

    The Reedy Creek Improvement District has been in the spotlight recently, becoming the bullseye for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who moved to dismantle the district following Disney’s public opposition to the “Don’t Say Gay Law”.

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    1. I think many people who go to WDW feel they’re in a safe place where, if an emergency arises, they will quickly and competently be rescued. Another illusion.

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