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Hales Corners Fire Captain on paid leave over scheduling error

Posted at 10:11 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 23:18:02-05

A Hales Corners fire captain has been on paid administrative leave since TODAY'S TMJ4 uncovered a public safety problem last month.

Village leaders remain tight-lipped about the investigation into a fire captain's scheduling errors, however we have learned the Hales Corners Police Department is doing the digging.

Back on January 17, TODAY'S TMJ4 exclusively reported that the Hales Corners Fire Department didn't have a single firefighter on duty who could operate a fire engine. On that day they had to lean on a neighboring fire department to put out a car fire.

"Who's really doing their job?" questioned resident Kim Kozak. "You're supposed to be qualified and somebody should be there to be staffed."

Hales Corners Village Administrator Sandy Kulik said on that same day the captain behind the scheduling error was placed on paid leave.

"All I can tell you is that they're working on it," Kulik said.

The January incident is just the latest staffing issue TODAY'S TMJ4 has uncovered. It started last summer by revealing the department's low part-time pay of $11.25 an hour. Then, last Labor Day they only had one fire fighter on duty.

We reached out to the Hales Corners Fire and Police Commission president on Friday but we haven't heard back. Kulik hopes the investigation is done within the next week.