Cal Fire reduces punishment for captains involved in academy scandal

Aug 28, 2015 2:09 AM by staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's state fire department has agreed to soften the punishment of three former captains that stemmed from a high-profile scandal at its academy.

The three ex-captains, Salvador Bruno, Cole Periera and Michael Roe, all were demoted from fire captain to fire apparatus engineer earlier this year for drinking on duty and allowing those they supervised to do the same. Bruno and Periera's demotions were to last a year or more, and Roe's was indefinite.

The Sacramento Bee ( ) reports that on Thursday the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection agreed to end their demotions after eight or nine months, meaning all three will be captains again by mid-November. In three years their files will be cleared of evidence of wrongdoing. Each agreed to drop their appeals and undergo training.


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