Fire chief fired for showing porn during training session

by L&D01 Feb 2016
Fire chief Jeremy Hall, who played a pornographic video during a training session, has been axed as chief of the regional Bay de Grave fire department by the board that oversees the department.
 
The 10-member board of directors also adopted a policy requiring all firefighters and board members to participate in a respectful workplace training program.
 
The training session where the incident took place was in Spaniard’s Bay, a town in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 
 
Hall has previously trained hundreds of volunteers in fire and emergency response over the past 10 years, and was a guest instructor for a two-day vehicle extrication course in Spaniard's Bay in April 2014.

At the end of a day of the classroom sessions, Hall played a short pornographic video of a man and woman having sex in a kitchen.

Brenda Seymour was the only woman in the room when the video was played, and said the incident was part of a pattern of harassment, intimidation and rejection she had experienced since joining the Spaniard's Bay brigade in 2009.

Hall told CBC News that he also played the video during other training sessions "as a joke" to lighten the mood after the session was over.
 
Seymour now wants to focus on helping implement structure and rebuilding the fire department, as she plans to stay on as a firefighter.
 
"I'm getting very positive messages, and I think that we've made groundbreaking headway here. I can't help but think this is a very positive thing out of a very negative one,” she was quoted as saying by CBC.
 
Moreover, last year it was reported that the New York Police Department were using a scene from the 1989 action movie Road House featuring Patrick Swayze as part of their three-day training course for 22,000 cops.
 
In the scene, Swayze emphasises to his audience of bouncers that: “I want you to be nice, until it’s time to not be nice.”
 
The idea was for the cops to learn how to handle rude and offensive people.

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Lack of training enabled ongoing sexual harassment, says employee

 

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