Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Chief Of Arizona Fire Department To Be Let Go

The chief of the Arizona fire department that lost 19 wild land firefighters in June says he is being forced out of his job. Prescott City Manager Craig McConnell says that Chief Dan Fraijo is leaving by "mutual agreement" effective November 15th. But Fraijo told reporters that the city asked him to leave. Fraijo was appointed in February and oversaw the city's regular fire department and the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the nation's only specialized Hotshot crew run by a city. Nineteen of the crew's 20 members died June 30th in a wildfire in nearby Yarnell. An investigative report released last month found proper procedure was followed in the worst firefighting tragedy since September 11th, 2001.

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