Captain: 'Gun violence is somewhat unique'

A captain with the Rochester NY Fire Dept. says there is really no preparation when it comes to gun violence


By Donna Leinwand Leger
USA Today

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Firefighters and paramedics often work in hostile situations, but they rarely encounter a planned ambush like the fusillade of bullets that killed two New York firefighters and wounded two others.

"Something like what happened -- there's really no preparation for it," says Jim McTiernan, a captain with the Rochester Fire Department who is president of the International Union of Fire Fighters Local 1071 in Rochester, N.Y., which represents one of the injured men. "Gun violence is somewhat unique."

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