Canadian Chief Sues for Wrongful Termination

A former British Columbia fire chief has filed suit claiming he was wrongfully terminated following a battle with post traumatic stress disorder. Penticton Fire Chief Wayne Williams filed suit this week claiming the City of Penticton wrongfully retired him while he was recovering from PTSD

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West Virginia City Sues Owner of Vacant Building for Fees and Access

The City of Bluefield, West Virginia is suing the owner of a former supermarket for inspection fees and to allow firefighters access to the building for purposes of preplanning. The suit is based on a 2015 ordinance that imposes a $1/square foot inspection fee on buildings larger than 20,000 square feet that are left vacant for more than 180 days.

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Columbus Settles Wrongful Death Suit for $1.2 Million

The City of Columbus has agreed to settle a wrongful death suit brought by the estate of a woman who died in 2011, for $1.2 million. The case has garnered some sensational headlines, including allegations the medics appeared more concerned with their own lunch plans than the condition of the patient.

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Georgia Fire Department Sued For Wrongful Death

The estate of a woman killed in a fire at a retirement center in 2015 has filed suit against the Columbia County Fire Rescue and several firefighters alleging wrongful death. At the center of the suit was a decision to have residents of the building shelter in place.

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Cleveland Subbing Scandal Firefighter Claims Race Discrimination

The firefighter at the center of a subbing scandal in Cleveland several years ago, has filed suit claiming his termination in 2014 constituted race discrimination. Calvin Robinson was charged in 2013 with felony theft in office and misdemeanor receiving improper compensation for paying other firefighters to work his shift.

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Washington State Firefighter Sues For Discrimination

A Washington state firefighter has filed suit claiming he was denied full-time employment and removed from a part-time position on account of his Middle-Eastern descent and non-citizenship. Damon Winters is suing the City of Lynden and Assistant Chief Robert Spinner.

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Pay Dispute Leads to Early Departure of South African Firefighters

A pay dispute between 300 South African firefighters and their employer that prompted a strike on Wednesday has resulted in the firefighters returning home. The firefighters, who are employed by a South African government-funded organization called Working on Fire, were brought in to help battle the unprecedented wildfires in Alberta.

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DOL’s New Overtime Rules

Today’s burning question: I heard a rumor that there are some new overtime rules coming out soon. Will these new rules have an impact on fire departments? Answer: That is a great question, and one I get asked a lot these days.

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