The Year In Review – Top Fire Law Stories for 2015

It’s time to review the top Fire Law stories for 2015. There is no easy way to determine which stories were the most important this past year, but Facebook gives us three pieces of information that offers some insights into which stories Fire Law readers think are most important based on three things: people reached, shares and likes.

The first top 20 is listed on the basis of “people reached”. It’s a statistic that Facebook provides to indicate just how many different folks saw a posting. It is not a measure of how many people clicked through to read the entire story, nor how many people liked or shared a particular story – although both liking and sharing stories tend to increase the “reach” numbers.

In terms of people reached here are the top 20 stories for 2015!!!

  1. Wrongful Death Suit filed in Detroit Failure To Act Case
  2. Chicago Smartphone Overtime Case Shows Wisdom of Following The Policy
  3. San Diego Firefighter Loses Off Duty Drinking Appeal
  4. Department Liability For an Unqualified Chief
  5. RI Supreme Court Finds the Loophole They Were Looking For – Welcome to the Dark Ages of Collective Bargaining
  6. Charleston Firefighters Prevail in Overtime Dispute
  7. LODD Widow Claims Georgia Fire Chief Responsible for Wrongful Death
  8. Intoxication, Reports, Facts And Conclusions
  9. Facebook Claims Another Victim
  10. Headlines Versus Reality: A Tale of Two Cities
  11. Emergency Scene Photos and Expectation of Privacy in Gated Communities
  12. 11th Circuit Rules Florida Assistant Chief Has No First Amendment Protection
  13. Providence Firefighters Sue to Stop Increased Hours
  14. Horseplay Leads To Lawsuit in Kentucky
  15. Florida County Contemplates Suing Departed Firefighter for Cost of Training
  16. Two Oregon Firefighters Charged With Computer Crimes
  17. FLSA Suit Against Ambulance Provider Has Alabama Fire Department Concerned
  18. Chief Cochran’s Suit Survives Motion to Dismiss
  19. Jacksonville Investigating Offensive Computer Photo
  20. NJ Lieutenant Suing Fire Chief For Harassment and Defamation

 

As for the top 20 as measured via Facebook Shares:

  1. Charleston Firefighters Prevail in Overtime Dispute
  2. RI Supreme Court Finds the Loophole They Were Looking For – Welcome to the Dark Ages of Collective Bargaining
  3. Headlines Versus Reality: A Tale of Two Cities
  4. Department Liability For an Unqualified Chief
  5. Intoxication, Reports, Facts And Conclusions
  6. LODD Widow Claims Georgia Fire Chief Responsible for Wrongful Death
  7. Providence Firefighters Sue to Stop Increased Hours
  8. Wrongful Death Suit filed in Detroit Failure To Act Case
  9. San Diego Firefighter Loses Off Duty Drinking Appeal
  10. Emergency Scene Photos and Expectation of Privacy in Gated Communities
  11. Chicago Smartphone Overtime Case Shows Wisdom of Following The Policy
  12. Florida County Contemplates Suing Departed Firefighter for Cost of Training
  13. Facebook Claims Another Victim
  14. Horseplay Leads To Lawsuit in Kentucky
  15. Two Oregon Firefighters Charged With Computer Crimes
  16. 11th Circuit Rules Florida Assistant Chief Has No First Amendment Protection
  17. FLSA Suit Against Ambulance Provider Has Alabama Fire Department Concerned
  18. Chief Cochran’s Suit Survives Motion to Dismiss
  19. Deaths of Two Children in Fire Leads to Riots in India
  20. Indiana Firefighter Gets Reprieve from Retire or Relinquish Elected Office Dilemma

 

And lastly here are the to 20 stories as measured by Likes

  1. San Diego Firefighter Loses Off Duty Drinking Appeal
  2. Department Liability For an Unqualified Chief
  3. 11th Circuit Rules Florida Assistant Chief Has No First Amendment Protection
  4. Providence Firefighters Sue to Stop Increased Hours
  5. Chief Cochran’s Suit Survives Motion to Dismiss
  6. LODD Widow Claims Georgia Fire Chief Responsible for Wrongful Death
  7. Charleston Firefighters Prevail in Overtime Dispute
  8. Wrongful Death Suit filed in Detroit Failure To Act Case
  9. RI Supreme Court Finds the Loophole They Were Looking For – Welcome to the Dark Ages of Collective Bargaining
  10. Chicago Smartphone Overtime Case Shows Wisdom of Following The Policy
  11. Facebook Claims Another Victim
  12. Intoxication, Reports, Facts And Conclusions
  13. Emergency Scene Photos and Expectation of Privacy in Gated Communities
  14. NJ Lieutenant Suing Fire Chief For Harassment and Defamation
  15. Indiana Firefighter Gets Reprieve from Retire or Relinquish Elected Office Dilemma
  16. Headlines Versus Reality: A Tale of Two Cities
  17. Florida County Contemplates Suing Departed Firefighter for Cost of Training
  18. Jacksonville Investigating Offensive Computer Photo
  19. Deaths of Two Children in Fire Leads to Riots in India
  20. FLSA Suit Against Ambulance Provider Has Alabama Fire Department Concerned

 

My very best wishes for a happy, safe and productive New Year for all!!!

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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