City Responds to Fire Department Dismissals

Two Vernon fire department employees say they should be allowed to keep their jobs after a hidden camera caught them having sexual relations in their boss's office.

The pair were fired two days after the incident earlier this year, but their union is grieving the dismissals. The union says the camera was hidden and its footage amounts to an ``illegal collection of personal information'' that should not be used against the employees.  At the time,  Interim Fire Chief David Lind installed the camera in his office because he was concerned that someone might be accessing his locked file cabinet, which contained sensitive staffing and budget documents.

The city issued the following release:

"A recent CBC News report indicated that the City is involved in an arbitration process with two former employees.

While the City’s policy is to not comment on personnel matters, it is important to clarify that the incident did not involve two firefighters, as reported. Rather, the incident occurred between a firefighter and another employee of the fire service.

Because this incident is before an arbitration panel, no additional information will be made available from the City at this time."