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Sex Scandals – It’s Not Just US

Sometimes it is good to know that it is not just US. Of course, who we define as "US" is sometimes a tricky matter. Sometimes "US" is the fire service in general, so when there is a YCMTSU case involving the police, it reminds us that it's not just us firefighters.

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Chinese Man Sues For More Details On Fire That Killed His Family

A Chinese man whose wife and three children were killed in an arson fire last June, is suing to obtain additional information about whether firefighters mishandled the fire. Lin Shengbin is seeking a court order from a district court in Hangzhou into the June 22, 2017 fire that killed his wife, Zhu Xiaozhen and three children.

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15 Sicilian Firefighters Charged With Arson

Fifteen volunteer firefighters in Sicily have been arrested on arson charges. The firefighters from the town of Ragusa are also accused of calling in false alarms. The fires and the false alarms appear to be associated with a scheme to increase their stipends that were tied to responses.

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UK Fire Officer On Trial For Sexual Contact With Subordinate

For those of you who write in asking whether the American fire service is totally out of control, comes a story from overseas…. to confirm the proverbial saying – same circus different clowns…. A fire officer in Wales is accused of playing “tit cricket” with a female subordinate.

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Canadian Fire Chief Accused of Additional Sexual Exploitation Charges

An Ontario fire chief who was suspended last December when accusations of sexual misconduct with an under age boy first surfaced, is now facing 17 counts as additional victims started coming forward. Kingsville Fire Chief Robert Kissner, 60, is facing 11 counts of sexual assault, 5 of sexual exploitation and 1 of sexual interference

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YCMTSU Ghana National Fire Service

You know, YCMTSU is not just a phenomenon associated with the American fire service. A fire officer with the Ghana National Fire Service apparently had his manhood bitten… while on duty… by a subordinate… who claims he tried to rape her.

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Canadian Chief Sues for Wrongful Termination

A former British Columbia fire chief has filed suit claiming he was wrongfully terminated following a battle with post traumatic stress disorder. Penticton Fire Chief Wayne Williams filed suit this week claiming the City of Penticton wrongfully retired him while he was recovering from PTSD

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Pay Dispute Leads to Early Departure of South African Firefighters

A pay dispute between 300 South African firefighters and their employer that prompted a strike on Wednesday has resulted in the firefighters returning home. The firefighters, who are employed by a South African government-funded organization called Working on Fire, were brought in to help battle the unprecedented wildfires in Alberta.

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Deaths of Two Children in Fire Leads to Riots in India

A fire chief and a firefighter in northern India have been suspended following the fire deaths of two children that sparked riots over the poor fire response. The fire occurred in Etah, Uttar Pradesh last Tuesday. Their deaths sparked mob violence as angry residents threw stones at police and set three fire trucks and one police vehicle on fire.

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Russian Firefighters’ Selfie Sparks Outrage

Two Russian firefighters are facing disciplinary action after they posed for a “selfie” at the scene of a fire that killed 17 people on March 11, 2015. Ilya Bykov, Rostislav Krylov, 28, posed for the photo at the scene of fire in Kazan in the central Russian Republic of Tatarstan...

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Queensland Fire Services Culture of Shame

It’s being referred to as a “culture of shame” and while it is Australia, its not all that different from what we are seeing in some fire departments here in the US. The Queensland Fire & Emergency Services is reeling following the release of an 80-page report on the status of women in their organization...

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