The commander of the Fire Department of the Municipality of Espinho, in the district of Aveiro, said this Saturday that disciplinary action against 14 firefighters under active surveillance due to the covid-19 goes through “penalty of dismissal” or “suspension between 10 and 180 days”.
“The consequences of the disciplinary process, which will advance next week, are twofold: either a suspension between 10 and 180 days or a penalty of dismissal,” said Pedro Louro, speaking to Lusa.
There are 16 elements of the Espinho Municipal Fire Brigade under active surveillance in the context of the covid-19, but only 14 – and not 16, as initially reported – will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.
It was these 14 elements who participated in a supper in the barracks kitchen, not complying with the contingency plan to combat the new coronavirus, which only allows six people in that space, explained Pedro Louro.
In the “Service Information” of the Espinho Firefighters Command Office released internally on February 11, and to which Lusa had access today, it can be read that, “on the night of February 8, the service brigade – Brigade 3 – decided, even after being warned on January 16, to hold a meeting inside the kitchen ”.
“In a space that is marked with a maximum capacity of six people, where you wait at lunch time every day to be able to enter, there were 14 firefighters fraternizing, obviously without a mask. Today (11th) we received confirmation that one of these firefighters tested positive for the covid-19 ”, it is referred.
In the “Service Information”, signed by the commander, it can also be read that, in addition to triggering a “disciplinary action on all those present in the conviviality”, the facts will be communicated “to the Public Ministry, who will be responsible for judging the successful”.
Pedro Louro also decided, with immediate effect, to cancel any decoration, praise or commendable reference to those involved in the present year, to close the gym by March 31, and to cancel training and physical training during working hours until March, among other measures.
“Discipline involves not doing what you would like to do, but what needs to be done in a certain context. And if the conviviality in question is even praiseworthy in times of normality, it is absolutely forbidden and reprehensible in the current context ”, is mentioned in the document.
According to the commander, at the moment there is only “a positive case of a fireman with the covid-19”.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,384,059 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 108.1 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 15,034 people died from 781,223 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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