The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) currently is probing a recent, viral, social media post made by one of its employees, which contained material of an offensive nature.
In an official statement on the matter, the TTFS is giving assurances that action will be taken, once the current investigation is complete.
According to the TTFS statement, the employee in question is in violation of part of the Fire Service Act governing the behaviour of public officers.
The full text of the TTFS statement, follows:
STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS WELFARE & RESEARCH DEPARTMENT, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FIRE SERVICE
The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) is aware of a recent social media post made by a member of the TTFS which has been deemed highly offensive and inflammatory and does not reflect the views of this organisation.
The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service Act Chapter 35:50, Section 14 (1) states that a fire officer may not “in any public place or in any document or any other medium of communication whether within Trinidad and Tobago or not, publish any information or expressions of opinions on matters of national or international political controversy.”
The social media post is a violation of the aforementioned Act. The TTFS condemns these insensitive comments made and reiterates its expectation of a higher standard of behaviour from its officers.
The TTFS considers such comments as unfortunate and unacceptable. Members of the TTFS are reminded to conduct themselves professionally at all times in keeping with the core values of the Fire Service.
The public is assured that the incident is being investigated and necessary actions will be taken.