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Errant toilet search leads to firehouse investigation

Dan Morse

An internal investigation into behavior that led to alleged improper bathroom use, among other things, has the ranks buzzing at the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. At issue is the night of Oct. 8 inside the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department station.

Fire officials are looking into allegations that a member of that station brought a lady friend back to spend the night at the station, according to two department sources who spoke on the condition they not be named. At some point the next morning, the sources said, she got up to use the bathroom, mistaking another firefighter’s bunk for a toilet.

The matter was first reported by WUSA9’s Dave Statter, himself a one-time Oxon Hill volunteer firefighter, dispatcher and emergency management technician whose website, is a popular destination for firefighters and firefighting junkies.

Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for Montgomery’s Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed that an investigation is underway after reports of a firehouse “sleepover.” He said that one member of the Burtonsville department has been suspended. Garcia declined to elaborate on the specifics of the matter.

Leaders at the Burtonsville department have “been cooperating greatly” with the investigation, said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  December 3, 2009; 8:10 AM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Fires & Fire Safety , Montgomery  
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