The Pukehina Volunteer Fire Brigade is being sued for $350,000 by a former volunteer fireman who claims there is a culture of bullying.
The man’s lawyer Barry Nalder says the volunteer was dismissed, which was over turned on appeal, he was sacked again, which was also over turned on appeal, before he was again dismissed.
“I couldn’t discuss details of what’s gone on, but there’s been an ongoing situation at Pukehina involving Area Two of Fire and Emergency NZ.
“As a consequence (the volunteer) has filed proceedings seeking $350,000 in damages alleging significant bullying and failing to follow proper process.
“He was dismissed from the Pukehina Fire Brigade. He appealed that and his appeal overturned the dismissal and reinstated him."
He was sacked again, appealed for a second time and was again re-instated, says Barry.
"But the fire service refused to accept the appeal findings and they dismissed him again.
“So it got to the stage where this this has got to be sorted out. He is asking the court to reinstate him. He is seeking damages for the manner in which he has been treated and he’s seeking an apology and that sort of thing.
“It’s going to be quite an interesting episode when it hits the courts.”
Fire and Emergency NZ Area Two commander Ron Devlin was unable to be contacted for comment on Friday. A spokesman says there will be no comment as the matter is now before the court.