The primary concern, according to union leaders, is the lack of staffing as Disney continues to push the boundaries of public safety with new attractions. The Skyliner had been open a mere six days before emergency calls related to the Disney Skyliner accident went out around 8:30pm last Saturday.
Sean Pierce, of the Reedy Creek Fire & Rescue union said,
“We’ve gotten lucky! And we need to stop pushing our luck. If this had been between noon and 4 p.m. and you had 100 cars with anywhere from four to 10 people on each car and you have to extricate those people off of those vehicles, it’s going to take a long time and 32 people aren’t going to get it done.”
Pierce echoed the concerns expressed by many Guests via social media in the lead-up to the Skyliner’s opening. Roughly 30 of the 32 firefighters on call Saturday night were called onto property to assist with the Skyliner evacuations.