GARDINER — Officials have released few details surrounding the possible suspension of firefighters that occurred last week.

“The council hasn’t met since (the news) broke,” Mayor Andrew MacLean said Monday. “The council is apprised of the general nature of the incident and that’s about it at this point. It’s a personnel situation, and as I understand it’s quite fluid still with the investigation ongoing and so forth. I can’t even tell you how many suspensions there were.”

MacLean said Fire Chief Mike Minkowsky and City Manager Scott Morelli would be involved in a decision to suspend a firefighter, but the city manager would have the final say.

Minkowsky didn’t comment, but Morelli agreed with MacLean that it is a personnel matter and that prevents him from confirming or denying whether any members of the city’s fire crew have been suspended.

“I can confirm that the city has long-standing protocols in place that include a 15-member call crew and mutual aid agreements with area communities so that, in the event we are ever short-handed, the department remains fully operational to protect the public,” Morelli said.

Mechele Cooper — 621-5663

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