Las Vegas fire dept. installs security cameras amidst scandals

Fire Chief Willie McDonald announced the plan nearly five months ago when a former EMT claimed sex is common in the stations

By FireRescue1 Staff

LAS VEGAS — Surveillance cameras are being installed at the entrance of Las Vegas fire stations to keep an eye on activity and visitors, according to officials.

Review Journal reported that Fire Chief Willie McDonald announced the plan in May after a former EMT alleged that sex is a common occurrence in the fire stations. The installation comes as officials investigate another sexual misconduct allegation.

Officials said the timing of the cameras and the investigation are not linked, but the funding and equipment acquisition took months to figure out.

“For government processes, that was super fast,” Chief McDonald said. “We can’t just go out and buy stuff — we have to treat the community’s money responsibly.”

Cameras will be installed weekly and the process is set to be completed by mid-December.

“It adds a level of security at the stations so we know about and are able to monitor activities in the stations,” Chief McDonald said.

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