Fire chief suspended for allegedly doctoring payroll records

By FireRescue1 Staff

CUMBERLAND, Maine — A fire chief was suspended after allegedly doctoring payroll records and offering paramedics extra pay for hard-to-fill shifts on the weekends.

Associated Press reported that Cumberland Fire Chief Daniel Small was suspended for five days as punishment for the “deliberate falsification of payroll forms.”

Chief Small said he promised to pay two paramedics double to cover a weekend shift after the Fourth of July. He then changed the records to say that the paramedics worked on different days than they actually did.

Chief Small said although he is allowed to pay paramedics double for holidays, he did not get permission.

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