Porn-playing fire chief Jeremy Hall removed by regional board
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The fire chief who played a pornographic video during a training session in Spaniard's Bay has been removed from the position by the board that oversees a regional fire department in eastern Newfoundland.
CBC News had confirmed that Jeremy Hall was replaced as chief of the regional Bay de Grave fire department, following a series of meetings over the weekend by the 10-member board of directors.
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Hall will be allowed to stay on as a firefighter.
The deputy chief, James Edmunds, has assumed the top post on the all-volunteer brigade.
The board is expected to issue a news release Monday, and sources say Hall will also issue an apology.
Respectful workplace training will be required
The board also adopted a policy requiring all firefighters and board members to participate in a respectful workplace training program.
Hall last week was removed from the list of certified instructors approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador government's Fire and Emergency Services to teach safety courses.
The Bay de Grave brigade was formed in 2010, and serves the Conception Bay communities of Cupids, Makinsons, South River, Clarke's Beach and North River.
It's the latest development in a raging controversy that has rocked the neighbouring community of Spaniard's Bay, where Brenda Seymour, the lone female member of that town's volunteer fire department has spoken out against mistreatment and sexual harassment.
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Hall is a veteran firefighter who has trained several hundred volunteers in fire and emergency response over the past decade, and was a guest instructor for a two-day vehicle extrication course in Spaniard's Bay in April 2014.
At the end of a day of classroom sessions, Hall played a short pornographic video of a man and woman having sex in a kitchen. The video concludes with the female spraying ejaculate across the room.
Hall admitted to CBC News last week he played the video during other training sessions "as a joke" to lighten the mood after day of training.
The incident became public after Seymour spoke last week with CBC News.
Seymour, who was the only woman in the room when the video was played, said the incident was part of a pattern of harassment, intimidation and rejection she has experienced since joining the Spaniard's Bay brigade in 2009.
Hall could not be reached for comment Monday.