- Posted on Feb 14, 2014
by Greg Angel | WTXL.Com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Tallahassee Fire Department’s Internal Affairs division has launched an investigation to determine whether firefighters violated department policy or the law.
A lieutenant is now the focus of an Internal Affairs investigation, a Tallahassee Police Department investigation, and a State Fire Marshal’s Office investigation.
Lt. Mike Bellamy with Tallahassee Fire Department says the investigations began after a lieutenant with the department was alleged to have failed to deliver training he was paid to provide. This was part of a separate off-duty job, Bellamy says.
A release to WTXL ABC27 says the case came to light after a potential student notified the State Fire Marshal’s Office alleging that the lieutenant, working off duty at the time as an instructor, offered the student, instead of taking the class, to receive the course information, test and test answers for a fee.
“At this point, we do not have enough information to know the validity of the issues, however for the Fire Department our integrity and commitment to public service require us to take this very seriously,” said John Gatlin, Acting Fire Chief. “We do know that this training was not provided through the city or our fire department, but because it may involve one or more city fire employees, we are investigating to gather all the facts. Firefighters who receive advanced training can be eligible for pay supplements, and advanced certificates may be necessary to be considered for promotions. We will also be working to ensure that we have a clear understanding of whether any of our firefighters did not take the necessary training for these higher level designations.”
The multiple investigations are now underway to determine whether the unnamed lieutenant, and others, have violated department policy and/or laws.