South Bend fire chief rips idea of ​​SBFD leading mental health crisis team

From left, South Bend Common Council Vice President Sheila Neizgodski, Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski, Mayor James Mueller and Fire Chief Carl Buchanon discuss the city's efforts to better handle people experiencing mental health crises.
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From left, South Bend Common Council Vice President Sheila Neizgodski, Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski, Mayor James Mueller and Fire Chief Carl Buchanon discuss the city's efforts to better handle people experiencing mental health crises.

SOUTH BEND ― Top city officials stood by the police and fire chiefs Monday to rebuke a resolution to be brought before the South Bend Common Council on Monday night that calls for the creation and “immediate implementation” of a mental health crisis intervention team within the fire department.

The resolution, authored by city councilors Lori Hamann and Henry Davis Jr., claims fire departments are better equipped to de-escalate mental health crises because members don’t carry guns or focus on punitive action. The councilors name five cities in which, they say, crisis intervention teams exist within the fire department.

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller said the resolution shows how its authors are “ignorant about how our fire department operates.”

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