After completing an internal investigation into the accounting of the Mountain View Volunteer Fire Station 4, the station’s leadership suspected wrongdoing within the department. They performed an extensive audit of the books confirming their suspicions. Station leadership contacted law enforcement who initiated an investigation that resulted in indictments by the Stafford Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Station 4 immediately placed both members who were suspected of involvement upon non-punitive administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation by law enforcement.
“I have full confidence in Station 4 and their efforts to operate in a transparent and responsible manner,” said Stafford Fire and Rescue Chief Joseph Cardello. “The systems and processes we have in place are directly responsible for finding these financial discrepancies.”
Mountain View Fire Station 4 has been very cooperative and determined to account for all funds possessed by the department, again, by initiating the investigation themselves. The behavior of the indicted individuals in no way reflects on Fire Station 4’s ethics as a whole nor on the great work being done by volunteers across Stafford’s combined career/volunteer Fire and Rescue department. The system put in place by Stafford Fire and Rescue to ensure the public’s continued trust is working, evidenced by the collaboration on this investigation.