Conn. firefighter on leave after being found unresponsive on duty

The New Haven Fire Department firefighter was found by colleagues, who were getting ready to respond to a medical call

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A firefighter was found unresponsive by his colleagues Saturday while on duty.

NBC Connecticut reported that a New Haven Fire Department crew was getting ready to respond to a medical call when they found the unnamed firefighter.

“Just before they were able to get on to the apparatus they found one of the firefighters unresponsive,” Chief John Alston said. “The members then went into quick action, began to treat him.”

The firefighter was transported to the hospital after regaining consciousness, and has since been released. He is now on paid administrative leave.

An AMR ambulance responded to the medical call the firefighters missed because of the incident, and Chief Alston added that “the patient actually refused care there.”

An internal investigation has been launched into the incident, and Chief Alston is remaining tightlipped about the details.

“I cannot comment on any of his treatment even when he was in the firehouse on duty,” he said. “There’s always a balance between the public’s right to know, and they have every right to know who’s caring for them, but we are also bound by contractual obligations and also HIPAA in terms of the type of treatment this person who fell ill received.”

Chief Alston said he will release more details on the findings of the investigation after it is conducted.

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