For the first time, the Toledo fire department is speaking out about one of their former fire recruits who was terminated the day of graduation.
Sierra Adebisi claims she was mistreated and faced racial discrimination throughout her training.
Toledo Fire Chief Brian Byrd could not provide specifics on this case but said all terminations from the fire academy are a specific and detailed process. “The process includes other city departments such as diversity and inclusion,” said Toledo Fire Chief Brian Byrd.
The chief said all the reasons Adebisi was terminated are stated in her file.
Those reasons outlined in documents from TFD include lacking physical ability, having a poor attitude and missing classes.
Other issues cited include sleeping in class, showing up without gear, missing equipment and missing carpools to training, which is a requirement TFD upholds.