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Up to 10 Fire Department Staffers Could Be Disciplined in Sex Scandal: Sources

As many as 10 Philadelphia Fire Department staffers could face disciplinary action for their role in a sex scandal currently under investigation by the city, sources close to the probe tell NBC10.

Fire officials are holding meetings this week with those directly involved in the scandal that centers around a female paramedic, according to sources.

Sources close to the investigation said while upward of 40 staff members have been interviewed, only 10 or less appear to be directly involved and could face discipline.

NBC10 previously learned officials have been investigating claims the paramedic engaged in sexual acts with multiple co-workers in firehouses across Philadelphia while they were both on and off-duty. She also allegedly shared nude pictures with some staffers.

Former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers told NBC10 last week the alleged acts came to light after the woman filed an equal opportunity employment complaint with his administration. Ayers said his Special Investigations Unit began looking into the case before transferring it to the city’s Inspector General.

The fire administration and the firefighters’ and paramedics union, IAFF Local 22, are hoping to wrap up the case within weeks and move on from the embarrassing scandal, sources said. But a quick resolution could be slowed as staff members hire attorneys to represent them. Attorneys for the female paramedic at the center of the scandal said they could not comment citing the ongoing probe.

Current leaders have been mum on the investigation, only acknowledging its existence. During an appearance on NBC10 News @ 11 a.m. Monday, current Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer declined to comment until the investigation was finished. However, he did say he expects departmental polices to change as a result of the case.

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“I think you always have to look at ways you can improve your organization and I guarantee that it will change departmental policy,” he said.


Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter and Facebook.

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