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St. Pete Firefighters Sue MSA Over Cairns 1044 Helmets

Four St. Petersburg, Florida firefighters filed suit against Mine Safety Appliances and a local vendor earlier this month claiming that their Cairns 1044 fire helmets injured their necks and backs. They join firefighter Scott Crowell who filed the identical suit in 2013.

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YCMTSU Alabama: Medical Helicopter Cancellation

A man who was critically injured in an ATV accident in Alabama in 2013 has filed suit in federal court claiming a fire chief and a dispatcher were in part responsible his injuries because they cancelled a medical evacuation helicopter. That concludes the only normal sounding part of the complaint that Brian Lomanack filed Monday in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Among his shocking YCMTSU allegations...

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NJ Firefighter Claims Failure to Accommodate ADD

A New Jersey firefighter is suing his fire department and fire chief claiming they failed to accommodate his attention deficit disorder. Timothy Eosso is suing the Township of Edison and Fire Chief Brian Latham claiming they failed to adopted promotional procedures that would accommodate his disability...

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Contractor Sues for $1.6 Million in Overruns on $14 Million Fire Station

A contractor is suing a Virginia city for over $1.6 million in cost overruns associated with the construction of a $14 million fire station. Costello Construction of Maryland is suing the City of Charlottesville claiming that change orders and the city’s delays in answering 387 requests for information led to the additional costs in building the 38,000 square foot Fontaine Avenue station.

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Jury Awards $10.6 Million to NY Firefighter

Yesterday a jury in New York awarded a severely injured firefighter $10.6 million in damages against Scott Technologies, and agreed to reconvene today to consider an award of punitive damages. However, in a settlement announced this afternoon, the parties agreed ...

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Chief Cochran Sues Atlanta and Mayor Reed

The expected lawsuit by former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran against the city has been filed alleging wrongful termination, religious discrimination and violation of his First Amendment rights. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired Chief Cochran in January after he refused the mayor’s request to resign.

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County Dispatch Center Sued Over Fire Death

A fatal fire in Madison, Wisconsin in 2013 has prompted a wrongful death lawsuit against a county dispatch center that allegedly took nearly four minutes to dispatch the call. The family of Chris Williams filed suit last week claiming that Dane County and its 911 center bear responsibility for his death on October 16, 2013.

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Maine Fire Department Sued For Letting Building Burn Down

A business owner in Maine has filed suit against a fire department alleging that it intentionally allowed his business to burn down… And if this sounds like the story you read last week – IT’s NOT!!!! Cecil A. Fogg filed suit against the Town of Owls Head, the Owls Head Volunteer Fire Department, and Fire Chief Frank Ross claiming the chief harbored a two-decades old grudge against him.

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Texas Firefighter Twice Fired Goes On The Offensive

A Texas firefighter who was fired twice and reinstated both times is suing his fire chief and the department for discrimination and violation of his due process rights. Robert Vargus was fired by the McAllen Fire Department in 2011 following an apparatus backing mishap in 2010 that was not properly reported. Vargus, who was neither driving nor in-charge, was reinstated...

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Paterson Approves $350k Settlement in Reverse Discrimination Suit

A captain in the Paterson, New Jersey Fire Department who was passed over for promotion to battalion chief in 2010 because of his race, has been given a $350,000 settlement. Joseph Parkin claims that at 11:30 am on September 10th, 2010 he was told he was going to be promoted to battalion chief later that day at 5:00 p.m.

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Oklahoma Firefighter Sues Over Comp Related Wrongful Termination

An Oklahoma firefighter who was fired following an on-the-job injury has filed a wrongful termination suit. Robert Adair, who was a Special Operations Officer and Hazmat Director for the Muskogee Fire Department, was terminated March 21, 2014, after his doctor cleared his to return to work from a line-of-duty injury he sustained on March 12, 2012.

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Florida Firefighter Sues for Sexual Discrimination

A firefighter-paramedic in Kissimmee, Florida who was terminated in October 2013, has filed suit claiming she was the victim of sexual discrimination and retaliation under state and federal law. Melanie Jerozal filed suit last week in US District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She was terminated just five months after she had been hired, and claims it was “because of her gender...

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DC Settles Overtime Suit for $47 Million

The District of Columbia has agreed to settle a decades-old dispute with firefighters over the payment of overtime. The case dates back to the 1990s when the District increased the firefighters hours from 42 to 53. Congress had appointed a special board and granted it broad powers to address the city’s financial instability ...

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