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Atlanta Mayor Terminates Chief Cochran

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced yesterday that Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been terminated after refusing his request to resign. Chief Cochran was suspended for 30 days in November after concerns were raised about comments in his new book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked", that condemned homosexuality and suggested women should be subservient to their man.

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My Top Fire Law Stories for 2014

Today we will look at the cases that are the most important, the most unusual, even the worst cases of 2014... from my perspective. We will also take a look at some of the trends and things to watch as we usher in 2015!!!!

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Top Fire Law Stories for 2014

It’s time to review the top fire law stories for 2014, and this year we are going to take a second look at some of our top headlines in a couple of different ways based on data from our readers!!!

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Ohio Chief Accuses Fire Board of Conspiracy and Racketeering

Fire Chief David Fulmer has been waging the battle of his life as he fights to regain his reputation following being terminated from the West Licking Joint Fire District in 2012 and again 2014. Chief Fulmer was terminated in 2012 on vague charges related to computer misuse, but was widely believed to have been targeted for replacement due to animosity that had developed between him and the board of trustees

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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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Missouri Fire District Sued Over Same Sex Marriage Benefits

A Missouri fire protection district is being sued over its refusal to provide married couples of the same sex with the benefits it offers to heterosexual married couples. The Ozark Fire Protection District was sued today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri on behalf of Captain Andi Mooneyham.

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Phoenix Sued for Wrongful Arrest in Arson Case

An innocent man who spent 14 months in jail on arson charges has filed suit against the city of Phoenix and the arson investigators who accused him of setting the fire. Carl Vincent Ball Caples filed suit in Maricopia County Superior Court last week claiming the city failed to hire properly trained investigators, failed to provide the investigators with proper training, and permitted them to use outdated and discredited investigation techniques leading to his wrongful arrest and incarceration.

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Cancellation of Paramedic Unit Prompts California Suit for Wrongful Death

The family of a man who died in 2013 has filed suit against a California fire department, a fire chief and others who the family claims are to blame for the man's death. The complaint includes allegations that a Yermo Fire Department captain cancelled a responding ALS ambulance long before he arrived on scene because he believed the patient was a “constant complainer” ...

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