Apopka fire Chief Chuck Carnesale, a part of the Fire Department since 1983 when he was 13 and served as a “student explorer,” announced Wednesday he is retiring.
His decision to step down effective Friday followed a city request for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into problems with National EMS Billing, a company which held a contract to collect bills from patients treated by the city’s emergency medical service. Apopka has sued the company, also known as NEB, alleging fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
Emergency medical services are part of the Fire Department.
FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said investigators were awaiting documents to start a probe.
In a text Wednesday to the Orlando Sentinel, Carnesale said he celebrated his 30th full-time year with the Fire Department last week, prompting his decision. “My part in that NEB investigation is very little and was not the reason to retire,” he said.
Carnesale sent an email to fellow firefighters, informing him of his decision.