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Police Fire Wars in New Mexico

Today’s burning question: I responded to a motor vehicle roll-over accident. While attending to a patient I found drugs, cash and a drug pipe in his car. I collected the items and gave them to a police officer, who instead ...

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Pennsylvania Volunteers Seeking to Unionize

Today’s burning question: Me and my buddies are volunteer firefighters… sort of. We get paid a stipend for volunteering. I suppose that makes us paid volunteers if there is such a thing. So anyway, we want to form a union ...

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How Do We Deal With An Incompetent Probie

Today’s burning question: Is it legally acceptable for a chief officer to recommend that a probationary firefighter resign during a fire academy? Answer: There is nothing inherently illegal with an officer recommending that a probie resign. The problem comes in ...

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Photos, HIPAA, and the First Amendment

Today’s burning question: I am a career firefighter and one of my passions while off duty is to take photos at fire and emergency scenes. I typically post them to my web site and occasionally I post on Facebook and ...

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New Jersey Chief Removed and Reappointed

Today’s burning question: I am the chief of a volunteer fire company. The local council is not happy with me… it's a long and ugly story going back years. They just can’t seem to understand that they are part of ...

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