Firemen sacked over porn email

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Two fireman have been sacked for sending a pornographic email, it was confirmed today.

Watch manager Mark Sapple and firefighter Christopher Moss, who both worked for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, were dismissed after a four month inquiry by management.

The service said as well as the two dismissals, three people were demoted in rank, two given written warnings and six final written warnings.

It followed an inquiry into what it described as the passing on of "inappropriate material of an adult nature".

The probe centred on an email of an unknown woman with an intimate body piercing that was sent between some firefighters.

It was spotted by a senior member of management who made a formal complaint.

Deputy County Fire Officer Kieran Nolan said: "Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service acted swiftly to initiate an internal investigation, keeping the trade unions fully informed at all stages.

"Our service is held in high regard by the people of Greater Manchester and those businesses and organisations that work with us.

"Our reputation is built on the professionalism, integrity and respect of our staff and the work they do.

"The behaviour of these individuals is extremely disappointing, but I can assure the public that we will always take the appropriate disciplinary action against those who fail to meet the professional standards that is expected of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service."

A spokesman for the Fire Brigades Union said: "This issue is subject to an appeal and we cannot comment."