Two North Carolina Firefighters Fired Over Facebook Post

Two Brevard firefighters have been fired over a social media post that criticized the city manager for wearing a military uniform to a memorial day parade that was a mix of two different branches.

Former firefighter Richard Carl Travis shared a photo of Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland on Facebook along with the comment: “How disgraceful it looks to be the city manager from Brevard.” Travis and his wife Summer were both fired from the fire department.

According to WLOS Channel 13, Fatland planned to wear his Coast Guard uniform to the parade, but inadvertently grabbed his son’s Air Force jacket. He realized the mistake when he arrived at the parade and subsequently apologized for this miscue.

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.
x

Check Also

At Will, Due Process and Just Cause

Today’s burning question: Does Loudermill apply in states that are “at-will”? Our city administrator said a prominent HR attorney told her that due process, progressive discipline, and a Loudermill hearing process does not have to be followed in our state because we are “at-will”. Answer: There is alot of confusion over this issue and well-intentioned attorneys who oversimplify the complexity of the law are not necessarily helpful.

Philadelphia Fire Prevails in Disability Discrimination Suit by Cadet

The Philadelphia Fire Department has prevailed in a lawsuit brought by a paramedic cadet alleging he had been discriminated against on account of his physical disabilities. Chase Frost claims he was prevented from starting an academy in 2015, and wrongfully terminated from a second academy 2016