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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Iowa Water Company Sued for Fire Damage

The Iowa American Water Company is being sued by two couples who lost their homes to a September 2, 2007 fire. According to the suit, “the Bettendorf Fire Department was unable to open the cap on the nearest fire hydrant", ...

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President Signs 2009 Ryan White Act Into Law

Today, October 30, 2009, President Obama signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, into law, effectively extending the law that would have expired in December, 2009, for four more years. The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency ...

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Kentucky Fire Department Sues Fire Truck Manufacturer

The North Metcalfe Volunteer Fire Department Inc. has filed suit against Reberland Equipment Inc. and Firovac Power Systems Inc. for damages arising out of an accident involving a tanker truck. The apparatus was manufactured by the defendants on a Kenworth ...

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San Jose to Settle Harassment Suit

As increasing numbers of women have entered the ranks of the fire service, many fire departments have had to address allegations of sexual harassment. While undoubtedly each case of harassment involves a unique set of facts, a recent San Jose, ...

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Kentucky Case Upholds Immunity for Fire Departments

When it comes to the liability of fire departments, suits for negligent firefighting concern fire chiefs and firefighters the most. Making life and death decisions in a time compressed, high-stress environment with incomplete situational awareness seems like a recipe for poor decisionmaking. These circumstances that make ...

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Change is Needed in the Fire Service – Circa 1865

Change is a funny thing. We often hear people self-righteously calling for change they believe is needed. Today, much of the change in the fire service is focused on firefighter safety, safe staffing levels, adequate equipment and PPE, training, and ...

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$3.2 Million Death Settlement in Chicago

The City of Chicago just settled a wrongful death case for $3.2 million. The suit resulted from an incident where a Chicago engine company responded on a medical emergency, and the defibrillator did not work. The defibrillator failure that was ...

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Welcome to Fire Law

It seems like hardly a day goes by without some new headline reminding us that fire and emergency responders are involved in a dangerous profession that frequently leads to some sort of legal activity. This blog will provide a place ...

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