A Brooklyn hearth station nicknamed “the pleasant firehouse” is being investigated for being a hotbed of hazing, bullying, threats and sexual misconduct, the Each day Information has discovered.
FDNY Fireplace Commissioner Daniel Nigro cleared out the embattled firehouse — the place a big smiley face is emblazoned on the door — final week, transferring six hearth officers and two firefighters from Engine 309/Ladder 159 on E. 48th St. in Flatlands, sources with data of the case stated.
The division can be investigating the stationhouse’s different nickname — one that’s not so pleasant.
Station members created a bunch textual content website they known as the “F— Store” and shared pictures of their privates, normally posed in unsuspecting and sleeping members’ faces, in accordance with the allegations.
These transferred are accused of harassing Center Jap Firefighter Raheem Hassan, who was arrested final week when he allegedly threatened his tormentors.
Cops cuffed Hassan on Dec. 27, a few week after he stated he wished to kill the firefighters in the home throughout a cellphone name with a supervisor.
Hassan’s menace was reported to police by Lt. David Hughes, one of many six hearth officers being transferred, sources stated.
A decide ordered Hassan’s launch throughout a quick arraignment in Staten Island Prison Court docket. He has to answer the fees in courtroom on the finish of February.
Hassan, a Navy veteran, was an EMS medic earlier than going to the fireplace academy in 2013. Though his house was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy a couple of months earlier, he by no means missed a day of coaching and labored on his house nights and weekends as his spouse and son lived of their short-term house, in accordance with the FDNY’s Flickr account.
On the time, his fellow firefighters got here collectively to donate time and provides to assist him rebuild. He by no means graduated along with his class as a result of he was in the end known as again to energetic responsibility with the Navy in the midst of his coaching.
Makes an attempt to succeed in Hassan for remark have been unsuccessful Thursday night time.
The FDNY confirmed the transfers and the investigation when contacted.
“The division’s Equal Employment Alternative Workplace and the bureau of investigation and trials are investigating all of the allegations on the firehouse,” FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer stated.
An e-mail to the FDNY’s officers union, the United Fireplace Officers Affiliation, for remark was not instantly returned.