Fire Chief Suspended Amid State Investigations
Newtown Fire Association Chief Andy Errico Sr. has been suspended amid two investigations by state agencies.
Newtown Fire Association’s Chief Andy Errico Sr. has been suspended amid a state investigation.
Newtown Township Fire Marshal Don Harris confirmed to the Courier Times that Errico has been suspended pending the outcome of investigations by the Department of Environmental Resources and the Department of Labor and Industry.
Harris did not return a request for comment on the matter when contacted by Patch last week. When contacted last week, township supervisors chair Mike Gallagher said he was unaware of Errico's suspension. When contacted Tuesday afternoon, Gallagher said he was aware of "an internal investigation" at the Fire Association but offered no details.
According to an article posted on phillyburbs.com, the DEP said the fire department conducted illegal live burns of a vacant home on Durham Road near the intersection of Eagle Road during three recent training sessions.
The association is also being investigated by the department of Labor and Industry due to a complaint that junior firefighters were told by the Errico and other fire association officers to enter the burning building during training exercises, the article said.