Springfield firefighter fired for ‘racially insensitive remark’

A Springfield firefighter was fired after the department said they became aware of “a racially insensitive remark that was shared on a social media platform,” according to the department’s fire chief.

Firefighter Bradley Baugh was terminated from the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division following the alleged post, according to Springfield Fire Chief Brian Miller.

Miller said a supervisor of Baugh’s became aware of the social media post and alerted the chief, who terminated Baugh on his next shift due to the seriousness of the post.

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“Your reputation starts day one on this job,” said Miller.  “(It) makes the stakes a little higher.”

Miller said Baugh was hired Dec. 6, 2017 and had been out on duty following training for about three weeks.

The fire chief said the department has a social media policy for its staff that has been in place for around six to seven years.

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