35 Cleveland Firefighters Disciplined Over Secondary Employment Violations

Thirty-five Cleveland firefighters are being disciplined for working in violation of the department’s secondary employment policy.

The discipline follows an investigation prompted by a local TV Station, WOIO-TV Channel 19, that proclaimed “some Cleveland firefighters [were] violating the policy on part-time work, putting themselves and citizens at risk.”

The firefighters were working for a company, AeroMag 2000, an international firm that provides de-icing services to commercial aircraft. The firefighters reportedly either failed to secure permission to work a second job, or exceeded the department’s policy by working in excess of 20 hours per week.

According to news reports, administrative charges have been filed and disciplinary hearings for the firefighters have been scheduled.

WSMV Channel 4

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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