San Francisco fire chief to call for firefighter's firing
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
July 13, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Formal charges against a San Francisco
firefighter accused of attacking a colleague while on duty are
expected to be read tonight at a fire commission meeting.
Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White is calling for the termination
of five-year department veteran Bela Carreira on suspicion of
striking a firefighter several times and causing serious injury.
Hayes-White also claims that Carreira covered up the incident
with the help of acting Lt. Tom Masterson, a 27-year veteran.
The chief also wants to punish Masterson by suspending him 90
days, according commission secretary Tania Bauer.
A representative of the San Francisco Firefighters Association
will represent Carreira in the hearings.
"This is a very serious situation," association President
John Hanley said. "We're not handling it lightly."
The charges stem from an altercation that occurred May 20 at
station 32 in the Bernal Heights neighborhood. Carreira allegedly
struck another firefighter in the course of an argument, causing
enough damage to warrant medical attention, according to charging
Both Carreira and Masterson are also accused of writing up false
or incomplete reports and not alerting a superior in a timely
According to Bauer, information surrounding the altercation will
become public as the commission interviews witnesses.
Also this afternoon in a special closed meeting, commissioners
are deciding the fate of firefighter Alfred Tenbruggencate, who
was charged with violating the department's substance abuse policy.
Bauer said she expects the commission to reveal the results of
the closed session to the public directly after.
The fire commission meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in
room 102 at commission headquarters, 698 Second St., San Francisco.
The special closed-session meeting began at 4 p.m.
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