Chicago (IL) Firefighters Suspended for Bogus Training Drill

Two firefighters have been suspended in a 2009 case in which¬†10 on-duty Chicago (IL) firefighters helped a colleague renovate his home under the pretense of conducting fire training. The phony drill included sending a fire apparatus to the home where firefighters used pike poles to remove siding from the exterior walls, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Records at the time characterized the work as being part of an “exterior overhaul drill.”

Investigators found firehouse supervisors attempted to cover-up the fake drill, and recommended that two fire lieutenants and the firefighter who owned the home be suspended without pay for 30 days. In the end, the Chicago Fire Department suspended one lieutenant and the firefighter for three days; the other lieutenant faced no suspension because he retired last month.

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