Hartford Deputy Fire Chief placed on administrative leave

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Dan Nolan has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

He had harsh words for the leadership of the department at a meeting last Thursday, saying they need to go.

“Until that changes, we are going to be in trouble,” he said at that meeting.

Was it those words calling for a change in leadership that got Nolan suspended Tuesday?

D/C Dan Nolan was placed on Administrative Leave with pay today pending an investigation into an incident that occurred during and immediately following the Task Force meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2015. During Administrative Leave, he must be available during his regularly scheduled work day. Also, he is not to visit any Hartford Fire Department workplace unless permission is granted by the Chief.” – Hartford Fire Captain Helene Lynch

During that meeting of the safety task force appointed by Mayor Pedro Segarra to review the department from top to bottom after firefighter Kevin Bell died in the line of duty, Nolan was ordered from the room and there were words outside in the hallway between he and another chief. A firefighter had to step between them.

Hartford’s fire department is an embattled department embroiled in turmoil over the death of Bell. Nolan says the death this is a wake-up call for the department, that safety has just been luck up to this point.

“We have been accidentally successful over the past couple of years in that more injuries and deaths like this have it taken place,” Nolan said.

The deputy chief will be on leave until further notice.

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