UPDATE: Reedy Creek Firefighters May Have Fed Gators In Weeks Leading Up To Attack

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Apparently, RCID FD firefighters at Walt Disney World were warned to stop feeding alligators at just two months before the alligator incident took place.

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According to emails obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Reedy Creek Emergency Services officials were upset with firefighters for feeding at least one of two alligators at a station less than a half-mile from where the incident took place just a few weeks ago.

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RCFD Fire Station 3, located behind the Magic Kingdom just off Floridian Way, is the station where the alligators were allegedly being fed.

The email stated that employees were afraid after a gator was spotted near the parking lot and they asked officials to remove it. Reedy Creek District Administrator John Classe said Disney’s animal-control department had been contacted but he did not know whether either alligator was ever actually removed.

A Disney spokeswoman said it was “unclear whether the gator had been removed”.

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Charles
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Charles

I’m not surprised that people feed/were feeding the gators, but I am absolutely shocked to hear that people in a profession that’s obsessed with prevention and safety were doing it.

Robert
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Robert

Most firefighters aren’t Disneys. Disney could not care less about safety or prevention. Their own Reedy Creek Fire Department as well. It’s ALL about making profit and image. Nothing about a personal experience or safety. Have an major event at one of the parks and you will see, the RCFD won’t start CPR on you in sight of the guests, bad image. They’ll quickly usher you behind scenes, but in events where seconds count, your seconds are not as important as Disney’s image.

David Scott
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David Scott

Definitely not my experience with the company when I was a cast member there. Granted, that was years ago and the company is likely more profit-focused than it was back then, but safety of the guests was always drilled into our heads, early and often. Freak accidents will still happen. I don’t see the gator incident being in any way related to profit-seeking. And if they’re so very concerned about image, don’t you think they wouldn’t want something like this to happen?

Temco
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Temco

Disney is one of the most safety conscious companies I’ve ever seen. I don’t understand when people know absolutely nothing about the safety processes and procedures at Disney make blanket statements that they could careless is completely untrue. The reason why they take guests backstage who have an emergency is out of respect for the guest. If they are critical they will do what they need to do immediately but if they can move them they do it for privacy of the guest. I’ve seen on more than one occasion where a guest has collapsed and the EMT’s are there… Read more »

12 year veteran CM (no way giving name, not allowed)
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12 year veteran CM (no way giving name, not allowed)

David, and Temco, I’ve been a cast member for 12 years, albeit not with Reedy Creek. You are ill informed to say Disney is actually safety conscious beyond ‘show’. Things are MUCH different now than they were 10, or even 5 years ago. They preach “Safe-D first” to cast members, but quite honestly, our safety issues fall on departments ears that have mostly been laid off once they get past our coordinator. All lip service. I have been reprimanded for pointing out safety issues past the first time. Told NEVER to call 911 or give specifics. If there’s an incident,… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

Robert.
Your IQ must be around 3.

Andrea
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Andrea

No obsession about safety at Disney, but their hard work to fool guests like yourself pays off.

The wildlife management team that helped track and reduce gators and snakes was cut a few years ago for costs. If there’s safety things behind the scenes that was there before, it’s been reduced to bare bones or gone.

They added metal detectors for random guests who want to go thru them to make guests ‘feel safer’. Funny how kids, strollers, or any guest saying no permitted to bypass them. Silly.

Keith
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Keith

Half-mile away?….no, try 6.5 miles away. If it is the fire station shown in that photo.

Keith
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Keith

I think more accurately… the wrong photo is attached to this story.

Jason
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Jason

This has been stated before, that guests were feeding the gators also.

John davis
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John davis

Disney, has always gone out of ther way to help me, even during a hurricane they parked large trucks on each side of my new truck. Disney is very safety orient

Fangzthewolf
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Fangzthewolf

Didn’t someone call in to WDWNT saying that someone fed the gators?