Firefighters’ union fans flames

Union defends fired worker's death threats
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/02/2008

The fire department in London, Ont., is dealing with a heated situation of a different sort after two female fire prevention officers complained of threats against them.

A male fire prevention officer allegedly told a co-worker at an out-of-town training session he would like to “slit their throats and drink their blood.”

Police investigated but no charges were laid. However, the City of London and the fire department took the threat seriously and launched their own investigation. They found there was a threat to employees and, in September 2007, fired the employee. The situation was kept quiet to protect the identities of the women.