Criticism leads to review of New Haven Fire Dept.

(AP Photo/Bob Child)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven’s Fire Department is bringing in an outside contractor to review its operations.

The review comes as management faces criticism over the handling of a blaze that destroyed a well-known pub.

Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Egan was placed on administrative leave in September when complaints surfaced about how he handled the situation at Delaney’s. Egan has also been accused of discrimination by the NAACP.

The fire department is also playing catch-up on mandated state fire reports.

“I am not looking for a quick fix but a balanced and structured plan,” said New Haven Fire Chief Allyn Wright. “This will definitely be to our benefit and when the review has been completed, some of it we will like, and the constructive criticism we must accept and move forward.”

Fire officials also announced Tuesday that a second class of 41 recruits will begin training at the fire academy in January.

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