- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - Compton’s fire chief has been placed on leave as the city launches an investigation into the Fire Department’s management of emergency medical care.

The probe was announced after the Los Angeles Times reported Monday (https://lat.ms/1CZcgC4 ) that LA County regulators ordered defibrillator machines removed from fire trucks and ambulances over concerns that firefighters aren’t properly trained to use the lifesaving devices.

The newspaper disclosed in March that nearly one in four city firefighters lacked a permit to perform emergency medical care - a key credential required by other local fire agencies.

Former Fire Chief Rico Smith will serve as interim chief. Thompson will continue to be paid while on leave. It wasn’t clear if he would return to the job after the investigation.

Thompson did not return calls seeking comment.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/


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