While not a Firefighter “close call”-it could easily be a situation where the fire recruits-and the other Firefighters-are set up for a close call-or worse. A whistleblower lawsuit filed Monday accused the St. Paul Fire Chief (Minnesota) and Assistant Chief of favoritism and then retaliating against employees who raised concerns about it.
The claim is that they let “poorly performing” recruits — some of whom the Chief may have been personally connected to — graduate from the fire academy and gutted the training division when staff raised concerns about the practice, according to the lawsuit filed by former fire training officer Jovan Palmieri against the Chief, the Assistant Chief and the city of St. Paul.
The lawsuit states that from 2016 through December 2019,the Chiefs interfered with and obstructed recruits’ training on several occasions.
“The actions and statements of (the Chiefs) created public safety risks for Saint Paul’s citizens, businesses and entities, as well as on-the-job health and safety risks for Saint Paul’s firefighters,” the lawsuit states.
This wouldn’t be the first time leadership has been accused of allowing unqualified personnel to graduate from a fire academy or related training program. Let’s hope this isn’t true.
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