Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to False Alarm Fee Ordinance

A local ordinance that imposes fines against alarm companies for repeated false alarms has been upheld by a federal court in Georgia. The suit involved an ordinance enacted in 2017 by the City of Sandy Springs that created a fee schedule for alarm companies whose customers transmitted false alarms to the police or fire departments.

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Indiana Chief Named in Wrongful Arrest Suit

An Indiana fire chief has been named in a federal lawsuit accusing several local officials of false arrest, malicious prosecution, tortious interference with a contract, and violations of the 1st, 4th and 14th Amendments. The suit was filed by Kristopher Bilbrey naming the City of Westminster, Police Chief Richard Tucker, Assistant Police Chief Jon Reed, and Fire Chief Gary Moore as defendants

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New Haven Firefighters Prevail in Dispute With State Association

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has ruled that New Haven Firefighters IAFF Local 825 successfully disassociated itself from the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, Inc. and is not liable for dues after January 1, 2017. The parties have been at odds for several years with Local 825 alleging it was not a member of the UPFFA, and the UPFFA claiming it was.

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PA EMT Arrested For Sexting Underage Patient

A Pennsylvania EMT is facing criminal charges for sending inappropriate electronic content to an underage female patient. Joshua Patterson is accused of sending a sexually-explicit photo of himself to a 15-year-old girl he treated after an accident on November 15, 2018.

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Georgia Firefighter Sues For Age Discrimination

A 55-year old Georgia firefighter is suing his department accusing supervisors of trying to fabricate allegations against him and forcing him to resign earlier this year. Anthony Galvin filed suit last week in US District court accusing the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department of a single count of age discrimination.

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Mississippi Firefighter Sues Over Race Conscious Hiring

A white firefighter in Mississippi has filed suit against his home town claiming that he was passed over in the hiring process despite being the only applicant who was already certified as a firefighter, so that the city could hire black applicants even though they were not certified. Dylan Shane Davis filed suit last week in US District Court against the City of West Point

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Burning Question: Searching Cars and the Fourth Amendment

Today’s burning question: We have a battalion chief who insists on searching cars at vehicle accidents, for mainly for drugs (legal or illegal). He will literally search it like a police officer would. Is this BC violating the patient’s rights and is he breaking the law?

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Fired Maine Chief Sues Seeking Reinstatement

A fire chief who was terminated after bringing complaints about the town manager to a town selectman has filed suit challenging his dismissal. Former Ogunquit fire chief Mark O’Brien filed suit in York County Superior Court challenging his termination by Town Manager Patricia Finnigan

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Lawsuit Against FDNY Over Dispatching Error Reinstated

A NY Supreme Court judge has reinstated a lawsuit against FDNY over a dispatching error to a drowning incident in 2014. The suit had been dismissed in 2016 because the mother of the victim failed to file a notice of claim with the city in a timely manner. The victim, a four-year-old girl, fell into a backyard swimming pool and was discovered floating unconscious. Her father, an emergency room physician, initiated CPR while others called 911

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Austin Firefighter Sues City and Peeping Lieutenant

The Austin firefighter who was victimized by a voyeuristic lieutenant who secretly filmed her, has filed suit naming him and the city as defendants. Kelly Gall filed suit accusing the city of being aware of prior complaints of sexually inappropriate behavior by Lieutenant James Baker and failing to take sufficient measures.

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