"Actions In Contravention To Department's Values"
MILWAUKEE (WISCONSIN) FIRE CHIEF Mark Rohlfing disclosed Tuesday evening that he had suspended nine firefighters from duty while an investigation continues in coordination with the City Attorney. The chief declined to state the reason for the suspensions other than a brief statement that read,
"The Milwaukee Fire Department Administration has been made aware of certain alleged actions by several of our members that are in contravention to our core values. In the interest of the citizens we serve and the other members of the MFD, nine members have been placed on administrative suspension. We are in consult with the City Attorney’s office as we move forward with the investigation.
The events under investigation in no way had any negative impact to the citizens we serve. We rightfully hold ourselves to the highest standards to ensure not only the most professional service delivery but also fostering a safe work environment based upon the ideals of mutual respect and personal and professional integrity."
It was also pointed out that the actions did not involve any interactions with Milwaukee citizens. However, WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 did some digging and reported last night:
A Fire Department source confirms for the I-TEAM the nine suspended members were all assigned to Engine 32/Ladder 9, a firehouse located in the 1500 block of North 30th Street. Those nine firefighters were disgruntled by a recent change in command at Engine 32, and a number of the firefighters also faced possible reassignment.
The source says the firefighters took out their frustration on the firehouse by shattering televisions, smashing dishes and soiling firefighting equipment with bodily fluids.
When questioned in several phone calls late Tuesday, department administration would not confirm the details provided by the source. Those administrators stressed the situation was being taken "very seriously" and said details would be provided at a later date.
They added that the Mayor's office, while supporting a full investigtion, does not anticipate any criminal charges to be placed.
WITI-TV has some additional details in this video report:
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