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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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BWI Deputy Chief Ordered Reinstated

An African American deputy chief who was fired from the BWI Airport last March, has been ordered reinstated and granted back pay by an administrative law judge. Gregory Lawrence, who was serving as the interim fire chief at Baltimore Washington International Airport when he was fired last spring, claimed his was the victim of racial discrimination

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Missouri Suit Claims Firefighter’s Termination Was Due To Union Organizing Activities

A Missouri fire protection district and its fire chief are facing a suit that claims they terminated a firefighter because she was trying to organize a union. Amber Rounseville is suing the Ebenezer Fire Protection District and Fire Chief Nelson Prewitt alleging violations of the Missouri Constitution, state collective bargaining laws, and the First Amendment’s freedom of association clause.

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Massachusetts Suit Removed to Federal Court

A lawsuit filed last month in state court by four Massachusetts firefighters has been removed to federal court by attorneys retained for the defense by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Agency. The suit was filed on September 2, 2014 by four former members of the Groton Fire Department.

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Virginia Fire Department Prevails in First Amendment Suit

A fire department in Virginia has prevailed in federal court in a suit that alleged the First Amendment rights of two firefighters had been violated. Last Friday, a jury ruled in favor of the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and its president, David Santmyers, in suit brought last year by Philip Charles and David Ellinger.

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New Mexico Firefighter in Hot Water Over Campaign Photo

Today’s burning question: I’m a career firefighter. Two years ago I was elected to the state legislature. I have always been careful not to use my position with the fire department for campaigning or political purposes. Unbeknownst to me folks in my political party used a photo of me in my fire department uniform...

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Houston Firefighter’s Post Sparks Complaints

A Houston firefighter has been placed on administrative duties as the department investigates offensive anti-Islamic posts on his personal Facebook page. The unidentified firefighter allegedly made the posts last month drawing the attention of KTRK TV Channel 13, who in turn brought them to the attention of the fire department.

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YCMTSU New Haven

In a case that is certain to be a contender for the YCMTSU Case of the Year for 2014, an applicant for the New Haven Fire Department is suing the city claiming he was passed over because the Fire Chief is having a relationship with his ex-girlfriend.

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RI Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Gay Pride Parade Suit

The Rhode Island Supreme Court heard the appeal of the City of Providence today in the decade long lawsuit arising out of the 2001 Gay Pride Parade. Two Providence firefighters ordered to participate in the parade filed suit claiming a violation of their First Amendment Rights and that during the course of the parade they were sexually harassed.

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Firefighters Claim Sexual Harassment by US Forest Service

A group of seven current and former US Forest Service firefighters have filed a wide-ranging complaint alleging sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and gender discrimination. The complaint was filed last month with the US Department of Agriculture, the parent agency of the US Forest Service.

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