“He says sexual stuff happens all the time in a fire department and is normal expected firehouse mentality and at times can be the woman’s fault,” the resident said, reading from the report.
One former firefighter thought about going back to the department, but cannot.
“I was honestly considering putting my application back in here, but I cannot work under someone or with someone with that mentality,” the former firefighter said.
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When residents pressed for answers about why that firefighter is still employed, the township trustee president said he hadn’t read the entire more than 600-page report.
“Had I read those words, I would remember those words, you don’t forget them,” the president said.
The departures from the department haven’t ended. The assistant chief retired in the last week, the fire chief said at the meeting.
In the meantime, township leaders said they’re trying to move the fire department forward by making some changes and beginning training to combat sexual harassment.