Five Greater Manchester firefighters have been sacked for making allegedly racist comments – and a sixth is under investigation.
As reported by Manchester Evening News in November, two firefighters were fired after an investigation into allegedly racist comments left on a WhatsApp crew group.
At the time, two other firefighters were facing potential disciplinary action as part of the same investigation.
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The four firefighters were based at a station in Greater Manchester.
Now the two under investigation have resigned from the service, but disciplinary hearings have taken place in their absence and have concluded that both should be sacked.
In a separate investigation, a firefighter from another station in the area was sacked – again for an alleged racist comment.
A sixth Greater Manchester firefighter is also being investigated for alleged racist remarks.
A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) spokesperson said: “GMFRS can confirm that a total of four frontline staff have left the organization following internal investigations – two left before the disciplinary hearing and two were fired.
“Investigations are ongoing into an additional allegation related to the previous case, which has recently been identified. Due to the ongoing investigation, it would not be appropriate to release further details at this time.
“In another case, a frontline staff member was terminated following an internal investigation.”
An investigation has been opened following complaints about comments and remarks made in a messaging group used by crews.
It is understood that the messages were sent some time ago, but a complaint was only recently filed, leading to the sackings.