Philly Union Responds to Sex Scandal Allegations

The sex scandal in Philadelphia took a strange twist Friday with IAFF Local 22 going on the offensive claiming the department forced the alleged victim to file a complaint. Union President Joseph Schulle criticized the city for releasing a heavily redacted version of an investigative report and suggested that the release of the full report would show flaws on the fire department’s part.

Schulle was quoted as saying: “The department forced this member to file a complaint, charged several members that were not even identified in the complaint and is now considering charging her.” It also appears that despite initial concerns over on-duty misconduct, much of the conduct involved off-duty relationships between consenting adults.

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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