Canadian Fire Chief Accused of Additional Sexual Exploitation Charges

An Ontario fire chief who was suspended last December when accusations of sexual misconduct with an under age boy first surfaced, is now facing 17 counts as additional victims started coming forward. Kingsville Fire Chief Robert Kissner, 60, is facing 11 counts of sexual assault, 5 of sexual exploitation and 1 of sexual interference

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Podcast 22: Hazing, Pranks and Bullying in the Fire Service

In this episode, Curt and Linda Willing discuss the cultural and legal challenges associated with hazing, pranks and bullying in the fire service. Linda is a retired fire officer from the Boulder Fire Department and a noted author, columnist and lecturer. She is the author of On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories.

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ACLU Steps Up For NH Firefighter

A New Hampshire firefighter who was fired in 2015 over a Facebook discussion, just got some good news: the American Civil Liberties Union is taking up his cause. Alex Morin was terminated from the Farmington Fire Department days after he and another firefighter questioned the appropriateness of citizens posting incident related comments on Facebook.

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Ohio Chief Accepts 90-Day Suspension

An Ohio fire chief has agreed to accept a 90-day suspension rather than face a disciplinary proceeding that could potentially have cost him position. Braceville Township Fire Chief Todd Garland was facing six charges related to an incident that occurred in June, 2016 while personnel were attending to a combative patient.

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Narcan and EMS

Today’s burning question: Can a fire department that is not a licensed EMS provider equip its apparatus and train its personnel to carry and administer Narcan? Answer: Due to the opioid-crisis, most states are taking a rather unprecedented approach to Narcan by treating as an intervention that is in the nature of a first aid treatment that anyone can administer.

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FDNY Sued By Man Who Leaped From Ambulance

A man who leaped out of the back of a moving FDNY ambulance is now suing the city, FDNY and EMS personnel for his injuries. Yaugeni Kralkin, claims that EMS personnel did not do enough to restrain him as he was being transported to the hospital. Kralkin admits he had been drinking heavily.

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Jury Awards San Jose BC $800k For Retaliation

A jury has awarded a San Jose battalion chief $800,000 for retaliation, while ruling in favor of the city on identical claims by a former fire captain. BC Patricia Tapia and Captain Debra Ward sued the city in 2014 claiming they has been unlawfully retaliated against after settling a discrimination lawsuit in 2012.

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Are BCs Eligible for Overtime Under the FLSA

Today’s burning question: Are battalion chiefs considered to be exempt executives under the FLSA and not eligible for overtime? Answer: That is the key question in a recently filed suit out of Vancouver, Washington. Eight current and former Vancouver battalion chiefs are suing the department

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Illinois Cities Suing Pierce Over Warranty Claims

The City of Charleston, Illinois is joining six other municipalities in filing a class action lawsuit against Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. over a breach of warranty claim on fire apparatus. The lawsuit alleges that Pierce and Global Fire Equipment Inc. granted a lifetime warranty on the frames of its fire trucks for rust and corrosion damage.

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Stamford Fatal Christmas Fire Settlement Was For $6.65 Million

The Stamford Advocate is reporting that the recently settled lawsuit involving the City of Stamford over the fire on Christmas morning 2011 that killed five family members, involved a payment of $6.65 million to the plaintiffs. When the settlement was made public in May 2017, the amount of the settlement was confidential.

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Palo Alto Settles Motorcycle Accident Suit for $250k

The City of Palo Alto, California has settled a motorcycle accident suit that alleged firefighters wrongfully stopped their apparatus in the middle of the road in a non-emergency situation. Alexis Ferreira was injured on June 29, 2015 when she rounded a curve on her motorcycle, saw the fire truck, and crashed trying to avoid a collision

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Arkansas Fire Suit Headed for Trial

A lawsuit filed by property owners whose building in Nashville, Arkansas was demolished in 2010 after fire destroyed a neighboring building will finally be making its way to trial. Carl and Justin Johnson, who owned “Collectible Corner”, filed suit back in 2011 claiming city and fire department officials were responsible for the unnecessary destruction of their building.

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Sacramento Firefighter Accused of Inappropriate Contact With Patient

A Sacramento firefighter has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery stemming from an April 1, 2017 EMS incident. Jared Evans was arrested earlier this week following a police investigation that began in mid-April after a fire department paramedic intern accused him of inappropriately touching a female seizure patient.

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