PA Ambulance Driver Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

A Pennsylvania ambulance driver pled guilty this week to homicide charges related to a vehicle accident that resulted in the deaths of two people, including his passenger-patient. On Monday, Jeffrey R. Gable, of the Trust Ambulance pled guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault by vehicle, and three summary traffic violations.

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NJ Captain Sues Over Injuries

A Camden fire captain who was seriously injured at a fire last year has filed suit against the city claiming the fire chief’s decision to assign him two probationary firefighters was responsible for his injuries. Captain Robert Eckert was injured January 31, 2018 when he was struck in the head by a hose coupling.

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Clumsy Plaintiffs and Standpipes

Today’s burning question: I was walking in an older part of the city of [redacted] recently when I tripped and fell, hitting an uncapped standpipe connection on the way down. The edge of the standpipe was jagged and rusty. I now have a significant injury to my face as a result that required plastic surgery. Can I sue the fire department for my injury?

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Washington Captain Settles Religious Discrimination Claims for $1 Million

A Washington fire captain who was terminated for ignoring orders to stop sending religious-themes emails over the department’s email system has reached a settlement of his First Amendment religious discrimination suit. Former Spokane Valley captain Jon Sprague has agreed to settle his suit against the Spokane Valley Fire Department for close to $1 million.

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Florida Firefighter Sues Over Discrimination

A Cuban-American firefighter who claims he was subjected to a harassment on account of his ancestry, religion and disability, has filed suit in state court against Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Eduardo Mesa claims during his initial recruit academy in 2016, a captain harassed him for a medical condition that caused him to blink and close his eyes frequently.

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NY Chief Loses Appeal of Termination

A New York fire chief who was terminated in 2017, has lost the second lawsuit he filed in an effort to get his job back. U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford ruled yesterday the City of Canandaigua did not violate the 1st or 14th Amendments when it terminated Fire Chief Mark Marentette.

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New Jersey Captain Sues for Reinstatement

A New Jersey fire captain who was fired after being filmed shoveling snow while off with an injury, is now suing to get his job jack. Paterson fire captain James Reyes filed suit last month in Passaic County Superior Court seeking reinstatement.

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FDNY Settles Harassment Suit With Muslim Firefighter for $225K

A Muslim firefighter who claims he suffered years of harassment because of his race and religion, has settled his federal court lawsuit with the city and a lieutenant. Raheem Hassan filed suit earlier this year alleging race discrimination, religious discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination under state law, discrimination under city law, and violations of his 1st, 4th, 5th and 14th Amendment Rights.

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Backing Death Case Headed to Ohio Supreme Court

The husband of a woman who was run over by a backing fire truck is appealing a ruling that granted immunity to the fire department. Lorri Riehm, 53, was killed in 2016 when she was run over by a Green Springs Rural Volunteer Fire Department vehicle that was repositioning at the scene of a water rescue incident.

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FDNY Applicant Loses Challenge to Physical Abilities Test

An applicant to FDNY who failed the candidate physical abilities test three times, has lost his race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit to be appointed to the department. Kevin Walker, 47, who was a priority hire, claims the PATs he failed in 2013 were unfairly administered in retaliation for his involvement in the earlier Vulcan Society case

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Top Ten Fire Law Stories for 2018

It's January 1, 2019 and that means it is time for our annual review of the top Fire Law stories from 2018. Let’s start with the 10 most popular headlines based upon Facebook shares and likes:

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DC Firefighter Faces Gun Charges

An off-duty DC firefighter who drew a handgun during a dispute with the seller of a pair of designer sneakers during a transaction gone-bad, is now facing criminal charges as well as departmental charges. Devon Alfred Moore, 24, has been charged with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and theft between $100 and $1,500 over the December 20, 2018 incident.

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