Federal investigators are probing an elite group of Los Angeles firefighters at the city’s port to determine whether federal licensing records were falsified for crew members assigned to large fireboats.
The Los Angeles Times cites records that show criminal investigators with the U.S. Coast Guard requested 10 years of Fire Department records that document the operation of the fleet of five fireboats.
An internal LAFD memo sent last week said the investigation is focusing on whether unidentified members of the unit properly obtained Coast Guard licenses required by the city.
Officials with the Coast Guard and the LAFD confirmed the investigation Tuesday but declined to provide details because the inquiry is ongoing.
LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders said his agency is cooperating with the probe.
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