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Kentucky Fire Department Sues Fire District

An embattled Kentucky fire department is in the news again, this time because it is suing its fire district because the district voided its service agreement and solicited bids for a new provider. The Southeast Bullitt Fire and Rescue Department has filed suit against the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District claiming the district improperly voided a contract with the department

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Chief Officer Accused of Trying to Influence Subordinate’s Testimony

A chief officer from Hartford, Connecticut, who has been in the public spotlight on a number of accounts, is now being accused of trying a influence a subordinate's testimony in a disciplinary proceeding. Deputy Chief Terry Waller is accused of suggesting to Fire Captain Luis Ocasio that he be less than candid in his testimony in a hearing for a firefighter accused of being intoxicated while on duty...

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Pennsylvania Chief Charged With Felony Eavesdropping

A fire chief in Pennsylvania who abruptly resigned earlier this month has been charged with secretly recording conversations in violation of the state’s eavesdropping law, a felony. Fire Chief Christopher B. Angell of the Bradford City Fire Department reportedly had been recording conversations with various city officials, including the police chief, without their knowledge.

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Fire Company Sues County Over Termination

A two-year old dispute between a volunteer fire company and Florida county has landed in court with the fire company claiming the county wrongfully terminated their agreement. The Keystone Heights Fire Department filed suit against Clay County alleging that the county breached a 15-year agreement that is not scheduled to expire until 2019. The county stopped using the KHFD for emergency response effective April 15, 2013.

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Ohio Developer Sues to Force Township to Provide Fire and EMS Coverage

Today’s burning question: Our township provides fire and EMS coverage to an area that includes a city. City officials negotiated a tax incentive agreement with the developers of a new commercial development that significantly reduces the tax burden on the property. Their generosity is now going to reduce our annual assessment on the property from $230,000 to $85,000...

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Louisiana Chief Fired For Slapping Butt of Female Firefighter

A Louisiana fire chief has been terminated and is facing criminal charges for slapping a female firefighter on the butt during a fire prevention program at a local school. Fire Chief Michael Arnold of the Eunice Fire Department was terminated earlier this week by the Eunice City Council. The incident reportedly occurred on October 9, 2014.

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Kentucky Fire Department Fined $25K Over Electrocution LODD

The State of Kentucky has fined the Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Department $25,000 following it’s investigation into the Ice Bucket Challenge related death of Captain Tony Grider last August. The incident occurred as firefighters were assisting the Campbellsville University marching band by spraying them with water from an aerial platform as part of an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser.

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$5 Million Settlement in Stamford Fire

A fatal fire that claimed the lives of five people in Stamford, Connecticut on Christmas morning, 2011 is in the news with word that one of the defendants who was sued for wrongful death has agreed to settle by paying $5 million.

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Locker Searches and the 4th Amendment

Today’s burning question: Does a fire department have the right to search a firefighter’s locker, individual sleeping room, or dresser without cause? Answer: It depends. As a governmental agency, a fire department has to respect the 4th Amendment rights of everyone, including its employees. The 4th Amendment prohibits warrantless searches

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South Carolina Fire Department Sued for Refusing to Rehire Lieutenant Who Resigned

Today’s burning question: Back in 2013 I was facing some bogus criminal charges and my fire chief told me he would have to fire me or I could resign. He said if I resigned he would rehire me once the criminal case was wrapped up. The charges were dismissed and now he is refusing to rehire me. Can I sue? Answer: Yes, there are several legal theories upon which you can sue

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