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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Sexual Harassment in Westbrook – The Story Continues

There has been another development in the decade long sexual harassment battle in the Westbrook, Maine Fire Department, as two male firefighters have contested disciplinary actions imposed against them. Lt. Donald Trafford and Firefighter Matthew Lamontagne are grieving their punishments ...

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You Can’t Win Them All

A retired battalion chief from the Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department who won two previous Federal court cases for sexual discrimination in 1999 (Kline I) and 2006 (Kline II), finally lost a case (Kline III). On December 22, 2009, a ...

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Albuquerque Tackles Firefighter DWI Problem

The Albuquerque Fire Department has been struggling with a persistent problem: drunk driving arrests of its off duty personnel. in 2008 there were 6 DWI arrests of AFD firefighters. In 2009, the number jumped to 9. Each new case has been ...

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The Ricci Case Grinds On in New Haven

A week after 14 members of the “New Haven 20” received their long awaited promotions, it was back to court for the parties. In a document titled “Plaintiff’s Brief on Post-Remand Liability Issues and Elements of Title VII Damages”,  attorney Karen ...

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NY City EMTs – the Duty to Act

A recent incident in New York City once again raises the question of duty to act. Does an off-duty EMT have a duty to render aid to a citizen in distress? While it will take years for the legal issues ...

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Fire Retardant Air Drops Under Fire

An interesting case is brewing in California over the use of aircraft deployed fire retardant. It seems some steelhead trout were killed in the Jesusita Fire in May, 2009, and the culprit is alleged to be the fire retardant. What ...

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Uncomfortable Questions

As I was searching the internet this morning looking for the latest in fire service litigation news, I came across this article from LAWeekly discussing the problems of sexual harassment, physical ability requirements, and social engineering in the fire service ...

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What Was He Thinking?

Johnson City, New York firefighter's union is vowing to take legal action against the village mayor for suspending their union president because of statements he made at two village board meetings.  Fire Captain and union president Marty Meaney was suspended ...

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Erie Firefighters get Split Decision from Court

Erie Pennsylvania Firefighters, IAFF Local 293, recently received a mixed decision on an appeal of an arbitrator’s award. Arbitrator Michael Zobrak had previously issued an award that mandated the city increase minimum staffing from four to five firefighters on all companies ...

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