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January 28, 2015

Philly Fire Department investigated for on-duty sex

Officials considering disciplinary action against employees involved

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Philadelphia Fire Department

The Philadelphia Fire Department has been investigated, and discipline may follow, after allegations of firefighters and  paramedics having on-duty sex.

CBS3' reported that the Office of the Philadelphia Inspector General looked into allegations that as many as a dozen male firefighters engaged in sexual activity with a female member at firehouses across the city. Walt Hunter reported:

Among the allegations under investigation, a female member found engaging in sexual activity with two male members inside a vehicle and, sources confirm, sexual activity among the female member and male members at several firehouses around the city.

According to, former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said the investigation began shortly before he retired in June, when a paramedic filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming sexual misconduct by another employee.

"You could have people getting charged," Ayers said.

Fire department officials are considering disciplinary action against the employees involved, as well as new fraternization policies, sources told CBS3.

The sources indicate new policies on firehouse fraternization and additional sensitivity training is expected to be announced soon.