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Cleveland Fire Chief taken off job

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Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis (Source: City of Cleveland) Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis (Source: City of Cleveland)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis has been "relieved of duty" at least temporarily, and he could be fired.

Cleveland City Hall confirms he does not have the proper training requirements to receive his EMT certification, so he has been placed on administrative non-supervisory position pending the city's internal investigation.

City Hall tells 19 Action News McGinnis was required to have 40 hours of training, but he only had 22.

"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."

McGinnis was recently reprimanded for comments made at a fire station, where he said he would stab firefighters in the neck if needed.

The training issue has now led to the start of a full audit of all training for all Cleveland Firefighters.

The Association of Cleveland Firefighters released the following statement:

The Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters has become aware the Chief of the Cleveland Division of Fire, Daryl McGinnis, was relieved of command pending an investigation into his training records and Emergency Medical Technician certification.

Cleveland's Fire Fighters take issue with the City's statement that the Chief's actions reflect the "culture within the Division of Fire". The true culture of the Division of Fire is this: we are committed to serving our community and protecting life and property. The men and women of the Cleveland Fire Department are in no way responsible for the Chief's apparent failure to properly maintain his required certifications; just as we are not responsible for his recent statement he would "put a knife in Fire Fighters' necks."

The Chief, and the Chief alone, is accountable for his own conduct and actions. Like the citizens of this great City, we are deeply troubled and concerned by the recent controversies surrounding Chief McGinnis. However, the Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters wants to reassure the public that your Fire Fighters will continue to provide the highest level of life-saving emergency services.

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