The Washington Examiner reports a July 7 retirement celebration for an outgoing DC Fire & EMS Department deputy chief apparently got a little out of hand. The article gives the indication that the event started with a dinner at Engine 11 in the 3400 block of 14th Street, NW and continued at some local bars. Apparently the problems began when the off-duty firefighters returned to the fire station. Here are excerots from an article by from Scott McCabe:
A complaint was filed last month and the department’s internal affairs unit is still looking into the accusations, D.C. fire spokesman Pete Piringer said Thursday.
We don’t tolerate that kind of behavior,” said D.C. fire spokesman Pete Piringer. “It’s unacceptable behavior on or off duty.”
Some of the people who had been drinking at the bars returned to the firehouse. At least one of them stripped down to the nude, sources said.
Some of the firefighters have been reassigned, but Piringer said he did not know whether they were moved because of the investigation.
Later in a statement released to the rest of the media, Piringer said that the investigation has not substantiated allegations that “high ranking fire chiefs were in attendance and they may have withheld information about the event to prevent embarrassment.”