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Philadelphia Paramedic Instagram Draws Heat

An Instagram photo posted by a Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic has created a firestorm of controversy. Marcell Salters posted a photo depicting two black men pointing handguns at the head of a white police officer with the caption “Our real enemy. Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing innocents."

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Massachusetts Firefighters Reinstated

Three of four Groton, Massachusetts firefighters who were dismissed last June under questionable circumstances, and who filed suit to get their positions back, have been reinstated following a hearing officer’s decision.

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Florida Firefighter Resigns Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations

A captain with the Nassau County Fire-Rescue Department has resigned following an investigation into allegations that he was having sex with a female in a county vehicle on Thanksgiving day. Captain Bryan Edwards resigned earlier this month, and the details surrounding the investigation are just now being revealed.

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Kayaker Sues FDNY for Injuries

A kayaker who was seriously injured during a rescue effort last spring has filed suit against FDNY. Frank Marino was kayaking in Jamaica Bay last May when he capsized. FDNY responded but the propeller of the boat send to assist Marino struck him...

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Use of Fire Department Email for Union Communications

Today’s burning question: Can my fire department prohibit me from sending a union related email to coworkers using the fire department’s email system? Answer: If your fire department is in a state that tends to follow the National Labor Relations Board, probably not!

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Jury Acquits In Seattle Firefighter Memorial Assault Case

The two former Seattle firefighters who were accused of assaulting several homeless men in March have been acquitted by a jury. Robert Howell and Scott Bullene were accused of assaulting several homeless persons who were hanging around the Seattle Fire Department’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial ...

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Chambersburg AGAIN

The ongoing battle between the Borough of Chambersburg and IAFF Local 1813 is back in the fire law news as yet another round has played itself out, this time with the victory going to the Borough.

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California FD sued for Sexual Harassment

A California fire department is facing a sexual harassment suit filed by a female firefighter who claims that she was driven from the department due to a hostile workplace. Andrea Waters filed suit against the City of Petaluma alleging she was subjected to a hostile work environment, discrimination, and retaliation.

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PA Fire Company Settles Medicare Medicaid EMS Billing Claim

A Pennsylvania fire company cited by the US Department of Health & Human Services for improper EMS billing of Medicare/Medicaid, has reached a settlement with the US Department of Justice. At the heart of the case is the fact that certain personnel assigned to the EMS units lacked the proper credentials, which when coupled with billing Medicare/Medicaid patients triggered a possible federal False Claims Act violation.

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Kingston NY Chief Sues Over Termination

A fire chief in New York whose disciplinary case has been winding its way through the state’s bureaucratic system for nearly three years has filed his second suit in hopes of having an opportunity to clear his name.

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