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Monthly Archives: February 2010

SC Firefighter Paramedic Fired Over Facebook Video

Colleton County, South Carolina paramedic and firefighter Jason Brown was fired earlier this month because of a video he posted on Facebook. Brown’s situation is similar to an increasing number of disciplinary actions being taken against firefighters for social networking. ...

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Another Lawsuit Looms for Westbrook

The Westbrook, Maine Fire Department has seen its share of legal battles over the past 15 years, and it would seem that another one is on the horizon. Former Fire Chief Daniel Brock, in office only a year, was let ...

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Brenda Lee’s $6.2 Million Verdict Overturned!!!

The California Court of Appeals, 2nd District, yesterday reversed one of the most celebrated fire service discrimination cases of the decade. LA City Firefighter Brenda Lee claimed she was harassed and discriminated against based on her race, gender and sexual ...

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State Sues Fire Protection District Over Tax Ceiling

The state of Missouri has filed suit against the Mehlville Fire Protection District over problems with the district’s tax rate. The suit, filed by Attorney General Chris Koster on February 8, 2010 in St. Louis County Circuit Court, challenges whether ...

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Rockingham NC Overtime Suit Settled – $167k

In March 2009, ten Rockingham, North Carolina firefighters, all members of IAFF Local 4702, filed suit against the city of Rockingham alleging overtime pay issues and violations of Fair Standards Labor Act. The same ten firefighters were responsible for creating Local 4702 ...

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Public Records Law Versus Firefighter Bill of Rights

A recent case involving the Anderson Fire Protection District, in California points out the challenges that sometimes occur when complying with open records laws. In May, 2009, the district board placed the fire chief on leave while it investigated allegations ...

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Fire Victim Files Claim Against New York

One of four survivors of a fatal apartment fire in Queens last November, has filed a claim against the city alleging that a dispatching error contributed to his burn injuries. Shafin Ahhamed has incurred over $50,000 in medical bills for ...

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