East Lake tries to move on after turmoil
While still dealing with infighting and an independent discrimination investigation, East Lake Fire Rescue is trying to move past the alleged racial slurs and erratic governance that earned the department negative headlines and landed it in legal hot water.
All department employees, from the top brass to rank-and-file firefighters, are taking classes online and at the fire station on issues like harassment, ethics and conflict in the workplace.
Even fire commissioners — elected officials who oversee the department — are getting training on discrimination, diversity and the state's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law.
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