UPDATE: Firefighters react to Trump statements during UCCS rally

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 6:24 PM MDT
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The firefighters' union is now responding to Trump's comments during his visit to Colorado Springs.

“The Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters would like to publicly support the decisions by the Colorado Springs Fire Department on July 29 in not allowing over occupancy of the auditorium during Candidate Donald Trump’s speech. Colorado Springs firefighters know exactly what we are doing – we are professionals and we take our jobs very seriously. Occupancy levels are set to protect the public’s safety and we find it unfortunate that Trump’s campaign would question our judgment, expect us to break the law or waiver from our mission to protect our community.”

That statement came from the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters on Sunday afternoon.


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There wasn't enough room for all the ticket holders at Friday's rally for Donald Trump at UCCS, who called out the fire marshal several times during his speech.

11 News spoke to Brett Lacey, who said the problem was with the event. He said organizers handed out too many tickets and there wasn't enough space in the auditorium for that many people.

"Now because of your fire marshal, who I am not a fan of, he's probably a Democrat, probably a guy than doesn't get it, I'm going to go into the other room and say hello to people that didn't get your location," Donald Trump said at the end of Friday's speech.

At one point, Trump's campaign tried to bring more people in, but police had to turn them away.

Lacey said crews evaluated the room on Thursday and decided about 1,500 people could safely fit in the room. Another thousand could be in the overflow room.

On Friday afternoon, Lacey decided another hundred could be let into both rooms. But, he told 11 News' Katie Pelton it comes down to what's safe.

"There's an old adage that when a fire marshal walks into a room, milk curdles. So because we're always looking out for public safety and trying to make certain venues go off successfully and safely sometimes there are people that aren't very happy with some of the rules and regulations were required to enforce. But it doesn't bother me at all," he said.

After his stop in Colorado Springs, Trump has an appearance in Denver at 7.

Hillary Clinton just announced she'll be in Boulder on Monday.

Donald J. Trump town hall at UCCS. #TrumpinCOS

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Friday, July 29, 2016