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Posted on: August 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Department Investigation Update

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On Aug. 3, 2023, the Longview Fire Department received information that an employee had potentially shared private patient information in violation of department policy and potentially state and federal laws.

The Longview Fire Department immediately opened an investigation into the alleged misconduct, and prepared to place the employee on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. State law requires an investigation before any punitive disciplinary action of public safety personnel. 

The Longview Fire Department also immediately self-reported the incident to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which regulates the department’s emergency medical services. The department subsequently reported the information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

On Aug. 4, the department made multiple unsuccessful phone, text, and in-person attempts to contact the employee with notification of the investigation.

On Aug. 5, the employee reported to the Longview Fire Department at 7 a.m. and resigned.

All Longview Fire Department employees receive appropriate training on rules and regulations concerning local, state and federal laws protecting personal information. Additionally, the safeguarding of personal information is a vital component of training for all regulated healthcare providers. 

“The Longview Fire Department upholds the standards and practices of emergency services,” Longview Fire Chief J.P. Steelman said. “Unethical behavior of any kind will not be tolerated in our organization.”

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