Newport Navy Fire Department Cited By Inspector General For Fraudulent Training Records

An Inspector General’s investigation into training records at the Newport Naval Station Fire Department has revealed widespread fraud and lack of compliance training requirements. The report dated June 9, 2017 has only recently become publicly known.

The Inspector General was tipped off to the problem in June, 2016 by a whistleblower within the fire department, Firefighter George W. Haywood, Jr. The comprehensive investigation revealed that firefighters were routinely given credit for classes they had not attended, and not required to participate in training mandated by the Department of Defense.

While the investigation was going on the department’s training officer “separated from employment with CNIC” and the fire chief retired.

 

 

Here is a copy of the IG Report: OSC File.0

 

 

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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