(Cleveland) – The Cleveland Fire Chief has been removed from duty, at least temporarily.
A review of training records showed that Daryl McGinnis, who was sworn in as Chief of Fire in January 2013, had only 22 hours of training documented for the three year period from 2009 to 2012 prior to receiving EMT recertification last year. The State of Ohio requires 40 hours.
Mayor Frank Jackson has ordered an internal audit of all certification records for all personnel in the Division of Fire. The internal audit got underway Thursday morning. Assistant Director of Public Safety Edward Eckart, along with Public Safety’s internal auditor, IT personnel and two Cleveland Police Detectives removed records, computer equipment and the training records database from the Fire Training Academy.
The records will be secured outside the Division of Fire for the duration of the audit, which includes not only EMT training, but mandatory firefighter training and Ohio Driver’s License requirements.
Frank Jackson (Photo by WTAM's Ken Robinson)
“I am disappointed that Chief McGinnis failed to meet this minimum requirement and have relieved him of duty pending an internal review and disciplinary process,” said Mayor Jackson. “But the real problem is that this is another example of a culture within the Division of Fire that betrays the public’s trust. The audit we are conducting as a result of this will look at every firefighter’s records to ensure that they are all in compliance.”
Assistant Chief Patrick Kelly will serve as Acting Chief of Fire while the internal review process is conducted.
Chief McGinnis will be assigned to non-supervisory, administrative duties at the Emergency Operations Center while the internal review and disciplinary process proceeds.
State law requires that all firefighters are certified as EMTs and participate in ongoing training in order to maintain certification.
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