Hawaii Fire Department dispute could go to court

Hawaii Fire Department dispute could go to court

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Court could be the next venue for a dispute over public criticism of the Hawaii Fire Department.

West Hawaii Today reports (http://bit.ly/1UqF1nU) the Merit Appeals Board unanimously ruled that neither Ty Medeiros nor Steve Loyola were entitled to overtime and vacation pay both said they lost after being placed on leave.

Loyola, now retired, and Medeiros were battalion chiefs when they sent letters of complaint to the Fire Commission and mayor. They said hurricane and tsunami emergency plans were insufficient and Fire Chief Darryl Rosario was putting lives and safety at risk.

They were investigated and Rosario stripped their uniforms of badges and rank insignia.

Hilo attorney Ted Hong says he and his clients plan to take the dispute to court.

A department regulation places conditions on public criticism.

Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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