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Monthly Archives: January 2010

DeKalb Fatal Fire Report Released

The DeKalb County Fire Rescue released the report on why the initial crews dispatched to a reported house fire just after 1:00am on January 24, 2010, failed to find the fire, and returned in service. Crews were sent again to ...

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Alcohol and Fire Lead to Major Headache

An unfortunate decision by the fire chief of Tarpon Springs, Florida, to respond to a fire after attending a social function has landed him in hot water with his bosses. Chief Stephen Moreno was placed on administrative leave after he ...

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Lemon Law for Emergency Vehicles

A “lemon law” for emergency vehicles. When I first saw the headline, my reaction was: why didn’t I think of that? The concept of a lemon law for emergency vehicles is now a reality in New Jersey, believed to be ...

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The Mess in La Marque

Law school professors are notorious for coming up with strange fact patterns to use on final exams. However, I find that real life in the fire service can top even the best hypothetic questions a law school professor can dream up. ...

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The Hammer Drops in FDNY Case

Ok, so maybe it was not a hammer that dropped, it was a gavel, but the metaphor is clearly there: something big happened in the Big Apple on January 21, 2010. Just one week after Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis determined ...

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Four More Suits in Charleston, SC

Four more suits have been filed in the aftermath of the Sofa Super Store fire in Charleston, SC on behalf of four Charleston firefighters who fought the June 18, 2007 blaze. The firefighters claim that they have experienced post traumatic ...

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Volunteer Deputy Chief Slapped with 6 Month Suspension

Todays burning question: Can a volunteer firefighter be disciplined for publically supporting a petition NOT to lay off two career firefighters. There’s an interesting case developing in Monroe Township, New Jersey involving the six-month suspension of a deputy chief for ...

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FDNY Spanked Hard for Race Discrimination

A major decision in the FDNY race discrimination hiring case was delivered yesterday, January 13, 2010, and it’s impact is only now starting to sink in. In a 70 page ruling, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis lambasted FDNY for ignoring statistical ...

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Florida Discrimination Suit Includes the Union

Two Pasco County, FL firefighters have filed a race, ethnicity and religious discrimination suit against the county and the firefighter’s union. The lawsuit accuses a Pasco Fire Rescue Captain of using racial slurs against two employees, Anthony Booth and Jerry ...

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Electronic Monitoring Case: Connecticut

A very interesting case was decided on January 5, 2010 involving the Bridgeport, Connecticut Fire Department. In May of 2007, the city acquired new vehicles for city fire inspectors, and installed GPS devices in order to electronically monitor the movement ...

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