Firefighters: Radio failures may have cost more lives in Navy yard shooting

Posted on: 9:54 am, September 23, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:55am, September 23, 2013

Navy yard shooting radios fail

WASHINGTON – Officials with the Firefighters’ Union are now questioning parts of the emergency response in last week’s Navy yard shooting that left 12 people dead.

At least one officials is saying faulty radios crippled first responders’ efforts and may have cost more lives.

While firefighters arrived almost instantly, some of the radios failed, which forced crews to run back and forth between buildings to communicate and set up triage units.

Officials said there have been multiple reports of that specific type of radio failing in recent years.

The president of the union said he is drafting a letter calling for the resignation of everyone who had anything to do with the purchase or deployment of the radios.