Audit of Cleveland firefighter training reveals problems

Audit of Cleveland firefighter training reveals problems

A new audit of Cleveland firefighter training shows problems in keeping track of records, failure by supervisors to monitor the training and some firefighters milking the system to get inflated overtime pay for training.

The new audit was just released Wednesday, and it was done by an outside consultant. The audit found almost one in five training records tracked either had errors or payroll records did not match the hours some firefighters listed for training.

Earlier, two internal audits found widespread problems in the city fire department, including some firefighters getting paid for not working.

That has led to a series of reforms in the department. Plus, city voters will decide on Election Day, should city hall restructure the fire department management including seven new deputy chief positions to provide more accountability.

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