Virginia Fire Programs Officer Charged With Theft

The Chief Administrative Officer at the Virginia Department of Fire Programs is facing allegations that she stole funds from the organization. Brenda R. Scaife, 58, has been charged with four felony counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.

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Firefighter’s Hearing Loss Not Compensable

A Louisiana firefighter suffering from work-related hearing loss has lost his workers compensation claim because it was not the result of a “single traumatic accident.” James J. Hartman, Jr., a firefighter with the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department, was diagnosed in 2017 with 42.2% binaural hearing loss.

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Utah Supreme Court Creates Exception to Professional Rescuer Rule

In a landmark decision the Supreme Court of Utah has ruled that a firefighter injured at an emergency scene can recover from a property owner despite the professional rescuer rule when the injury results from gross negligence or intentional conduct. The 3-2 ruling handed down last week will allow a suit filed by South Salt Lake firefighter David Scott Ipsen to proceed.

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Drug Investigation Results in Departure of Three OH Fire Officers

Two fire officers have resigned and a third has retired as an internal investigation into drug use and sale in an Ohio fire department is released. Liberty Township Lieutenants Justin Graham and Josh Cleland have resigned and Captain Chris Olsen has retired following an internal investigation that concluded drugs were being bought and sold at work.

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Firefighters Sue CA Fire Protection District Over FLSA Overtime Violation

Seventeen California firefighters have filed suit alleging they were underpaid for overtime they worked because their department impermissibly excluded certain benefits from the rate of pay used to calculate their overtime compensation. The firefighters, members of the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District, filed the class action lawsuit yesterday.

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Criminal Investigation Opened Into LAFD Explosion

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division of the Los Angeles Police Department have launched a criminal investigation into the cause of a fire and explosion Saturday that injured twelve firefighters, two critically. The fire occurred at a hash oil manufacturing site in downtown Los Angeles.

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Syracuse Firefighters Prevail Over Right to Bargain Discipline

Syracuse Firefighters, IAFF Local 280, won an important victory last week in terms of maintaining their right to bargain over disciplinary matters. The city took the position that under recent case law, disciplinary matters were exempted from bargaining under the state’s Second Class Cities Law.

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Kentucky Volunteer Facing Arson Charges for Two Fires

A volunteer firefighter in Kentucky is facing charges that he set two recent fires. Jeffrey Knouse, a member of the Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Department, is being held in Lincoln County Regional Jail on $10,000 bond. The charges were brought by the Kentucky State Police.

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Alabama Chiefs Accuse Local Officials of Conspiracy

Two Alabama chief officers have filed suit against eight current and former local officials alleging they engaged in a conspiracy to fire the chiefs. Northport Fire Chief Bart Marshall and Battalion Chief Richard Brown filed suit this week naming Councilman Robby Davis, Mayor Donna Aaron, former councilman Jody Jobson, ...

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