Huron to 'assess' fire department

HURON The city manager is taking a closer look at the fire department, but it's not an investigation
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

HURON

The city manager is taking a closer look at the fire department, but it's not an investigation.

Andrew White, Huron's city manager, said his assessment of the department stems in part from an incident in which a firefighter provided a police officer a nitroglycerin tablet to beat a blood pressure test and qualify for a "wellness" credit under the city's health benefits plan.

The city's safety services were put under the microscope in recent months after an investigator hired by the city documented the nitro pill popping and reached the conclusion it might not have been an isolated incident.

White confirmed he was taking a closer look at the fire department.

"At this time I'm just looking into the overall operation of the fire department to safeguard this from ever happening again," White said.

White said he will not conduct formal interviews of firefighters.

"The situation that arose demands closer inspection," White said. "Any time something like that happens, the city has a responsibility to look into it."

White went on to say he was in the middle of the review and it would be an overall assessment of the operation of the fire department and how that may have factored into the pill-popping incident.

Fire Chief Paul Berlin could not be reached for comment.

Capt. Mike Hohler, reached at the fire station, said he was unaware White was taking a closer look at the department.

"I didn't know he was reviewing the department," he said.