Lynh Bui Reporter, specialist in public safety and criminal justice. On December 2 at 7:00 am, a federal investigation into the fatal murder of a Maryland firefighter in 2016 found that 911 public safety officers had not warned first responders that the possibility of a firefighting incident occurred. firearms had been reported to the scene and the volunteer firefighters were not wearing a uniform uniform the night of the incident that indicated who they were. These and other failures contributed to the fatal fire of John "Skillet" Ulmschneider, a firefighter from Prince George County, while answering a 911 call to verify the well-being of a person, according to the report. Death Investigation published last week by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. In light of the findings, federal investigators recommended that police services, not fire departments, process initial welfare checks. Investigators also recommended that public safety agencies ensure that first responders request important safety precautions, such as weapons may be present at the scene of the disaster, when shipped. The federal report examined the public safety intervention on April 15, 2016, when career firefighters and volunteer firefighters were called to Darrell Lumpkin's home in Temple Hills. Lumpkin's worried brother called 911 when he could not join his brother or sister, who was 61 years old and suffering from episodes of diabetes. Believing that Lumpkin had a medical emergency on the inside, the firefighters broke into the house after being loudly knocked on the door and announced themselves. As the door opened, Lumpkin took it on himself, killing Ulmschneider, 37, and seriously injuring volunteer firefighter Kevin Swain and Lumpkin's brother.
A photo of firefighter John Ulmschneider taken about 15 years ago. Lumpkin was inconsistent after a diabetic episode when he shot, said his lawyer later, and shot what he thought were intruders. A grand jury refused to charge Lumpkin with murder or manslaughter, but pleaded guilty to a charge on a weapon. Lumpkin died last year before serving his four-year sentence. Prince George's public safety agencies will review the federal report and internal recommendations to develop and change policies, said Mark Brady, spokesman for the county fire department and EMS. Their plan should be presented in the next 45 days. The changes will add to those already put in place by the department since the murder, Brady said. "We are taking action since this unfortunate incident to make things better," said Brady. [Emergency crews honor Md. firefighter who died answering 911 call] When Lumpkin's brother called 911 that night, according to the federal report, he told the appeals takers that he had knocked on the door of his brother's home but had not obtained reply. "The taker asked the caller when there were weapons in the house and the caller stated that there could be a firearm at the house. Inside, "the report said. The 911 Call Center "did not have a process to capture this type of critical information in the computer-based dispatch system. The information on the possibility of weapons in the house was not transmitted to the intervening units, "the report says. Andrew K. Pantelis, chairman of the union representing firefighters and paramedics from Prince George County, said that it was "the most blatant element of the report". "They might have taken different actions," Pantelis said if firefighters had been reported firearms might be on hand. The report also suggested that the police should be "the main agency initially responsible for" checking the well-being "of the occupants". Firefighters were tasked to answer Lumpkin's house after the first call to 911. The police were dispatched later as firefighters tried to break the door. "If the police on the spot identify the need for fires and EMS, we should be sent," said Pantelis. However, firefighters should not be the first to be called "to this type of incident to better protect our members and our employees." Investigators also recommended that fire departments establish standard guidelines for service dress so residents can clearly identify public security personnel. Volunteer firefighters on the Lumpkin scene did not wear firefighter uniforms and some wore "athletic-type shorts, t-shirts and sneakers," the report says. The county is reviewing its priorities and distributing calls to 911, Brady said. The department is also working with volunteer fire departments and the union to review the recommendations. [Man who fatally shot firefighter answering 911 call pleads guilty to weapons charge] Brady said that some of the federal report's suggestions, such as firefighters' equipment with a bulletproof vest, are being implemented. Police officers and firefighter recruits will also receive training on how to improve their communication and teamwork when performing on stage. The department's security investigation team has completed its internal assessment of the events surrounding the 2016 shooting, which senior commanders are examining, Brady said. A summary of the internal report is expected to be released publicly in December, according to a memo issued by Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale. Pantelis said the union had asked for the full report. Given "the death of an official, the public interest weighs heavily on the disclosure of all the facts related to the incident and the interests of justice would be misused by not disclosing them" Pantelis wrote in a letter to firefighters: was originally reported by statter911.com. In his memo, Barksdale stated that the department is committed to adopting the federal government's recommendations and internal reports to "ensure the safety of all". "None of our losses will be in vain," Barksdale said in his letter. .