A 12-year member of the Eau Claire Fire Department was fired Wednesday by the city’s Police and Fire Commission.
Brian Mero was terminated based on charges made by Fire Chief Chris Bell of misconduct, dishonesty, false reporting and using improper means to report alleged misconduct by his supervisors.
After the commission terminated Mero Wednesday morning, Bell said “it’s never fun” to let somebody go.
“It’s something that you only do if it’s absolutely necessary. It’s the things that are necessary for the good of the organization,” Bell said.
“For firefighters, we have to be honest and truthful in what we do,” he said. “The public expects that and I expect that.”
Mero could not be reached for comment.
According to the 15-page termination order approved Wednesday by the commission:
Mero performed his job duties acceptably and even commendably at times.