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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Families Seek New Trial in 1988 KC Blast

Family members and defense attorneys of five people convicted of causing a massive explosion in Kansas City, Missouri in 1988 that killed six firefighters, claim they have new evidence which raises a doubt about their guilt. The explosion at a ...

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DC Prevails in Discrimination Suit

A decision handed down today in US District Court for the District of Columbia is not going make the Rubin-haters in DC very happy, but its another ruling in favor of former Fire Chief Dennis Rubin. The case involved the ...

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Gift Leads to Chief’s Termination

A chief officer in Florida has been terminated following allegations that he accepted $100 from a grateful citizen, and did not report it until confronted. Deputy Chief Guy Wine of the Cocoa Beach Fire Department was fired yesterday. He was ...

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Armed Firefighters and Medics Again is Debated

Today’s burning question: I keep reading that fire departments around the country are contemplating allowing their EMS crews to carry guns.  I was wondering what your opinion is on the legality of this? Answer: This seems to be the burning ...

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Welsh Medic Terminated for Slapping a Patient

Sometimes its good to look at cases from other countries so we understand that the headlines we see here in the US are not representative of a uniquely American problem. Its really a function of human nature and the nature ...

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PA Fire Company President Assaulted by Councilman

A councilman from Pennsylvania has been accused to punching the president of the local volunteer fire department during an argument. Joseph Ferraro, President of the Cheswick Volunteer Fire Company, claims that Cheswick Borough Council President Jonathan Skedel assaulted him Wednesday ...

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Virginia Firefighter Pleads in Fire Station Sex Case

A Virginia firefighter has pled guilty to reduced charges in a sexual assault case involving a minor firefighter. Matthew Thomas Jones, a firefighter with the Read Mountain Fire and Rescue, pled guilty Monday to two misdemeanor counts of contributing to ...

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More Arson and Theft Cases in the News

Three volunteer firefighters in three different states are in the news today for misconduct, and the charges are no surprise: arson and theft from a volunteer fire department. In Idaho, an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter has been arrested for setting a ...

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Florida Arbitration Award Draws the Ire of Elected Officials

An arbitrator’s ruling that essentially granted firefighters what their contract said they were entitled to, has drawn sharp criticism from elected officials in Charlotte County, Florida. The criticism was so vitriolic that one county commissioner, Robert Skidmore, accused the firefighters ...

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