According to sources within the Hartford Fire Department, Firefighter Douglas Caldwell is no longer an employee of the HFD.
According to the sources and media accounts, Caldwell was given a final chance at success as a firefighter after several alcohol related incidents while acting as a firefighter. After a recent stint in rehab, Caldwell apparently agreed to sign a letter of resignation that could be used anytime over the next two years if any more incidents occurred. That letter was apparently used today.
No official comment or details are available from HFD at this time.
This comes on the heels of the latest firefighter who was deemed unfit for duty at Engine 9 on New Britian Avenue after he apparently showed up late for work yesterday, drunk.
This is hopefully not a trend at HFD and it is something the Administration needs to get under control and address quickly. This is something the taxpayers of Hartford can not afford, the training costs and maintaining a firefighter are by no means inexpensive , not to mention what are the root causes of the drinking problems.