San Diego Sues AFFF Manufacturers Over Groundwater Contamination

The City of San Diego has filed suit against twenty-four chemical companies responsible for manufacturing, distributing, supplying, and/or selling aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). The city is seeking to recoup the costs of remediating the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from its municipal water and natural resources.

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Fire Law Roundup – May 23, 2022

In this week’s edition of Fire Law Roundup for May 23, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a discipline case out of New Britain, Connecticut arising out of the overdose death of a firefighter; an assault case out of San Francisco; a new Oklahoma law allowing fire trucks to transport EMS patients in extreme emergencies; and a union free-speech case out of Port Houston, Texas.

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Oklahoma Enacts Law to Allow EMS Transport on Fire Apparatus in Emergencies

The State of Oklahoma has amended the statutes governing the delivery of emergency medical services to allow the transport of patients on emergency vehicles that are not ambulances when approved by medical control. The law is a direct response to a case out of the Oklahoma City Fire Department that resulted in discipline to a company officer for transporting a child on an engine in 2020

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Fire Law Roundup for May 16, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for May 16, 2022, Curt reviews a sexual orientation discrimination suit in Florida, race discrimination suits in FDNY and Contra Costa County California, an amended complaint in a social media-related discipline suit out Nashville, and the settlement of a residency dispute in Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Reaches Agreement With Union on Residency

The City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Firefighters IAFF Local 1 have reached a compromise on ending a residency requirement for firefighters. The residency requirement was incorporated into the city charter in 2013 for firefighters and police officers.

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California Firefighter Sues Alleging Race Discrimination

A California firefighter who was demoted from probationary captain to firefighter engineer, has filed suit alleging race discrimination, retaliation, constructive termination, emotional distress, and FMLA violations. JuDon Cherry, who identifies himself in the complaint as an “African American male”, filed suit against the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

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