The Biggest Users of Sick Leave Face Transfer in Fire Department

By MICHELLE O'DONNELL

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said yesterday that the Fire Department would transfer 20 firefighters with the most sick leave absences to other assignments in an effort to stem what he called abuses of its medical leave policy.

The measures may seem counterintuitive: the firefighters will be moved from busy firehouses to less busy ones, which might seem an appealing fate to someone who is essentially being accused of not working hard enough. But within the ranks of the department, being reassigned to a quiet firehouse is akin to a direct attack on a firefighter's pride.

Working in a busy company