$373k Pink Collar Theft from Virginia Fire Company

The president of a volunteer fire company in Virginia has been charged with embezzling more than $373,000 over a three-year period. Virginia Hoskings has been charged by the Prince William County Police Department with stealing the funds between April 2016 and July 2019, while she was president of the Dumfries Triangle Volunteer Fire Department.

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PG&E Suit Challenging Fire District Ordinance Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by Pacific Gas and Electric against the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District challenging the validity of fire safety ordinances has been dismissed. PG&E, who was forced into bankruptcy over liabilities associated with wildfires caused with its electrical wires, objected to Ordinance 35 as being beyond the authority of the district to enact.

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Connecticut Firefighter Suspended For Anti-Semitic Comment

A Connecticut firefighter who made an anti-Semitic comment to a Jewish firefighter, has been suspended without pay for a week. Lieutenant Patrick St. Onge has been suspended from the Norwalk Fire Department. He will also be transferred from his current assignment as part of the punishment.

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Ohio Firefighters Terminated For Posting Videogame Recordings

Three Ohio firefighters who posted videos of themselves using vulgar language and discussing the fire chief’s medical condition while playing videogames have been terminated. Kyler Dille, Tyler Furry, and Christopher East were terminated from the Crestline Fire Department Monday evening by the Village Council.

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Terminated Indiana Firefighter Claims Age Discrimination

A 57-year old Indiana firefighter who claims he was fired after refusing to resign, has filed suit alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act. Garry Harling filed suit in US District Court for the District of Indiana last week against the City of Westfield.

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Utica Prevails in Appeal By Firefighter Terminated for Sexual Misconduct

The City of Utica has prevailed in its appeal of a lower court ruling reinstating and awarding backpay to a firefighter who was terminated for sexual misconduct on duty. Richard J. Forte was terminated following a bizarre incident in the firehouse in 2018. He was initially suspended without pay while the discipline process began, and later terminated.

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Fired Arkansas Firefighter Denies Facebook Post Was Racist

An Arkansas firefighter who was terminated last week over a racist Facebook post, has spoken publicly to the news media about his punishment. Bryant firefighter Kyle Robertson spoke with FOX16 this week contending that people “misinterpreted” his post about Black Lives Matter.

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Nebraska City Settles Second of Three Harassment Suits for $500k

The City of Lincoln, Nebraska has settled a second lawsuit brought by an officer alleging retaliation for reporting harassment of female firefighters. Captain Brian Giles will be receiving $500,000 in settlement of his federal lawsuit that claimed he was passed over for promotion to battalion chief on account of his having reported sexual harassment.

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Oakland Settles Claims from Ghost Ship Fire for $32.7 Million

The City of Oakland has agreed to pay $32.7 million to settle a mass tort suit arising out of the Ghost Ship Fire. The December 2, 2016 fire in a converted warehouse claimed the lives of 36 concert-goers and injured scores of others. The lawsuit alleged that city officials were aware of fire and building code deficiencies in the warehouse but failed to address the problems.

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SC Firefighter Terminated Over Facebook Posts

A South Carolina firefighter has been terminated over several social media posts that were found to be racist. Georgetown County firefighter Bob Kosto was fired last week one day after county officials were informed of the posts.

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Heart Attack Victim Sues Fire Department Over Refusal to Transport

A California man who called 911 because he was having a heart attack has filed suit against the Sacramento Fire Department claiming personnel not only refused to transport him, but ridiculed him for “acting like a child.” Anwar Theekri filed suit in Sacramento County Superior Court naming the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Fire Department.

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