From the Office of the Fire Chief...
Fire Chief’s Press Release
April 24, 2007
"Recently, I was made aware of an alleged work environment issue occurring in one of our fire stations located in West Los Angeles.
I have initiated an investigation that involves an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist and a Chief Officer as the initial investigators. We are utilizing internal and external resources to assist in expediting the investigation. These incidents are a top priority for my administration and I will personally be visiting both fire stations to clearly reiterate my zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination and harassment.
As Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, I want to clearly reiterate that any form of hazing or discrimination will not be tolerated within the Department.
The men and women of the Fire Department are committed to public safety and sworn to protect the citizens of Los Angeles. We understand that it is of paramount importance that our standards of behavior remain consistent with public expectations. We value the continued support of the public and will work aggressively to maintain public trust."
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Battalion Chief Kwame Cooper
Community Liaison Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department