Just What Were They Thinking Of?
SEVERAL JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FIREFIGHTERS, including a lieutenant and a district chief, are under investigation for serious violations of behavioral and ethics standards. The incident took place last week at a night club called Whiskey River where a fund-raiser was held for the family of a JFD firefighter who had died recently in an off-duty accident.
During the entertainment, several firefighters took to the stage to play around in their bunker gear and started striking some suggestive poses that aren't conducive to good public relations for the fire department.
The whiskey friskies included a female lieutenant who danced topless with nothing more than her bunker pants suspenders covering her nipples.
Compounding the problem was the presence of a district chief who was enjoying the show along with the rest of the crowd, and apparently never attempted to correct the code-of-conduct violaters. WJXT-TV reports:
The images that surfaced on 904HappyHour.com are now the focus of an internal investigation in which JFRD policies may have been violated.
In one photo, a firefighter wearing bunker gear and a helmet gets what appears to be a tip from a girl in the crowd. In another photo, two firefighters engage in what some consider lewd behavior.
JFRD spokesman Tom Francis issued a statement Monday, saying, "We are not oblivious to the incident. We have launched an internal investigation and we are reviewing photographic evidence and conducting interviews with those involved. Our compliance officer has been made fully aware of the transgressions. JFRD firefighters should not be wearing city-issued equipment for anything other than official duty. It is unbecoming of the profession."
According to JFRD policies, firefighters are forbidden from wearing anything that identifies themselves as a firefighter in a place that sells alcoholic beverages, unless they're working in a city capacity.
The clear and excessive violations are a serious concern to the JFRD and they are illustrated in the video report from WTEV-TV Ch. 30:
It is safe to say that this will be one super-sized headache for the Fire Chief, and will turn out to be a career-changer for several firefighters.
Read more with additional video at WJXT-TV website HERE.
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