Ohio Fire Company Sued For Open Meetings Violation

A volunteer fire company in Ohio that settled a public records lawsuit with four concerned citizens earlier this year, is being sued again by three of those citizens who now claim the fire company must also comply with the state’s open meetings law.

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Certifications, Qualifications, and Mutual Aid

Today’s burning question: I am a fire chief. A neighboring volunteer fire department announced its new slate of officers for 2018.   In this department the current fire chief either stays in office or names his own successor. In this case ...

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FDNY Sued Again Over Race Discrimination

Seven civilian employees of FDNY have filed a 59 page civil suit in federal court alleging that wide-ranging and systemic race discrimination persists in the department. The suit was filed December 1, 2017 seeking class action status for three groups of individuals, identified as “Job Selection Class”, “Compensation Class”, “EMS Lieutenant Class”

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The Status of Criminal Background Checks

Today’s burning question: Can a fire department legally conduct a criminal background check on applicants? I thought background checks were illegal now in most states except for law enforcement positions. Answer: While the laws pertaining to criminal background checks have ...

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$2 Million Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Gatlinburg Wildland Fire

The family of a man killed in the wildland fire that tore through Gatlinburg, Tennessee last year has filed suit against Sevier County and the city. Deborah Spillers, the daughter of Gatlinburg pastor Rev. Ed Taylor, filed suit Monday in Sevier County Circuit Court accusing the city and county of negligence. The suit seeks $2 million in damages.

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NY Chief Sues Over 9/11 Related Illness

The fire chief in Utica was in court yesterday pressing the city to have his leukemia treated as a 9/11 related illness. Fire Chief Russell Brooks filed suit against the City for denying his claim that his chronic lymphocytic leukemia was brought on by his work at the World Trade Center in 2001.

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Suspension of NY Firefighter For Facebook Post Prompts $500k Federal Suit

A volunteer firefighter who was suspended over a Facebook post earlier this year, has filed suit against the city, the fire chief, and others involved in his suspension. James Squicciarini alleges that his Constitutional rights were violated when the Amityville Volunteer Fire Department suspended him over a photo he posted on Facebook.

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