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Monthly Archives: May 2012

PA Attorney General Sues Fire Department

The attorney general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has taken the drastic step of suing three emergency service organizations and their officers in an effort to seek an accounting of public and charitable funds and property. Named as defendants in ...

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Is It Cheating If Everyone Does It?

Today’s Burning Question: Is it cheating if everyone does it? I mean, if everyone taking an exam looks at the answer key, or helps each other then that can’t be cheating, right? It would only be cheating if a certain ...

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California Firefighters Sue for Retaliation

Threats, demotions, increased hours with no additional compensation, and numerous punitive changes in working conditions. That is what four California firefighters allege their fire chief did to them earlier this year upon learning they were forming a union. They have ...

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Alameda Drowning Suit Filed

As the anniversary of the Memorial Day 2011 drowning of Raymond Zack approaches, his family filed a wrongful death suit against the city and county of Alameda. The suit was filed Friday in Alameda County Superior Court alleging that officials ...

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The Discipline Debacle in DC

It is almost beyond belief, even for someone who lectures regularly on the subject of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”. A fire chief, Kenneth Ellerbe, disciplining two chief officers who serve as hearing officers – administrative fact finders – ...

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Florida Chief’s Credentials Questioned

A Florida fire chief is being investigated by the state fire marshal’s office to determine if his firefighter certification has lapsed. Fire Chief Ben Greenslait of the Freeport Fire Department is under scrutiny based on a complaint filed by his ...

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Details Emerge on Paris Fire Brigade Sexual Hazing

The Paris, France Fire Brigade is reeling following the revelation that a recruit on the department’s elite gymnastics team had been sodomized and sexually assaulted by teammates. The incident allegedly occurred May 6, 2012 as the team was returning from ...

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Two Virginia Departments Victimized By Insider Theft

Two volunteer fire departments from Virginia are in the news today, both victims of insider theft by high ranking officials. In Louisa County, fire chief Mark McGheen of the Trevilans Volunteer Fire Department stands accused of embezzling thousands of dollars ...

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Texas FD and E-One Liable in LODD Suit

The jury in the first of two wrongful death lawsuits brought against E-One, E-One dealer Hall Mark Fire Apparatus, and the Kilgore Fire Department has concluded that the defendants were jointly responsible for the 2009 deaths of Kyle Perkins and ...

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Decision in Miami-Dade Facebook Case

Statter911 just broke the story about Miami-Dade fire captain Brian Beckmann’s demotion to firefighter, and the requirement that he undergo a psychological examination and take diversity training. Captain Beckmann created a furor after he posted comments on his personal Facebook ...

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