PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s fire chief is tightening the rules on who’s allowed on city fireboats.
The move announced Tuesday comes in the wake of a crash last month that caused $38,000 in damage to the City of Portland IV while 12 civilians were aboard.
Fire Chief Fred LaMontagne says under the new regulations, non-employee civilians would be allowed on the boat only if they are accompanying a patient being taken to a hospital. City employees can ride on the boat under limited circumstances or if approved by the city manager.
Two firefighters were suspended after the boat hit an underwater object on Oct. 15.
The Portland Press Herald reports they were not disciplined because the civilians were on board, but because they failed to follow city procedures and Coast Guard rules.
Information from: Portland Press Herald: http://www.pressherald.com