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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Oklahoma City Responds to YouTube Video

The Oklahoma City Fire Department is on the defense following the release of a YouTube video depicting the treatment of a female patient in 2010. The video appears to show some level of complacency by responders allegedly because the victim ...

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Fire Law Stories in Todays Headlines

There were several fire law stories of interest in the news today: In New Jersey, North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue is investigating how a fire department vehicle came to be parked outside The Squeeze Lounge in Weehawken on Thanksgiving ...

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Follow Up on California Wildland Arson Case

Earlier this week, we covered the case of US Forest Service firefighter Daniel Mariano Madrigal, who was charged in state court with arson for setting a wildland fire on July 25, 2010. Madrigal’s attorney, Salvador Silva, admitted that his client ...

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Paramedic Abandonment Investigated in DC Fire EMS

DC Fire is investigating the death of an elderly EMS patient who was transported by EMTs after a paramedic refused to join them in the transport. The paramedic has been placed on paid administrative leave. The incident allegedly occurred on ...

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Wildland Arson or Accidental Fire in California

Today’s burning question: I’m a wildland firefighter and I accidentally started a fire when the cigarette I was smoking burned me and I tossed it. Can I be charged with arson? Firefighter Daniel Mariano Madrigal goes on trial today in ...

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Chicago Firefighters Lose Hearing Loss Case

A jury in Cook County, Illinois has ruled in favor of Federal Signal Corp, and against 8 Chicago firefighters in the latest round of law suits against the siren maker over hearing loss. Following a two week state court trial, ...

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Mayor Charged With Stealing From VFD

We have covered a number of stories about theft in the volunteer fire service, but here’s a new one: a West Virginia mayor was charged with embezzling funds from the local volunteer fire department. Grant Town Mayor Robert Dale Riggs  ...

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Buffalo Firefighters Accused of Overtime Scam

Buffalo firefighters are in the news over an alleged overtime scam. Mayor Byron Brown claims the scam involves a longstanding practice of buying and selling overtime shifts, coupled with healthy firefighters calling in sick to create additional overtime openings. The buying and ...

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SC Paramedic Charged in Pot Coverup

A South Carolina paramedic who has been under investigation for the past week, was arrested and charged today for her role in taking and concealing marijuana that was in the pocket of an accident victim. Chelsea Arrowood, 27, of Berkeley ...

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