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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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Facebook Poll Prompts Sexual Harassment Investigation in Queensland

Firefighters in Queensland, Australia are under investigation for creating a Facebook “poll” to rate which of their female colleagues would be best in bed. According to The Courier-Mail, several female firefighters who were targets of the poll have been transferred and an outside investigation is now underway.

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Nova Scotia Social Media Defamation Suit Dismissed

A defamation suit filed by two former chiefs against two former firefighters for comments anonymously posted on-line has been dismissed. Former Halifax Fire Chief Bill Mosher and former Deputy Chief Stephen Thurber filed suit against former firefighters Blair Cromwell and ...

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Scaling Ladder Rescue In Paris

Just came across this video of a truly heroic ladder rescue at a fire in Paris in 2012 and given my relationship with the Sapeurs Pompiers de Paris – I think it is worthy of mention… even if its not ...

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Canadian Township Pleads Guilty in LODD

A township in Ontario, Canada has pled guilty to a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act stemming from the death of a 21 year old volunteer firefighter. Firefighter Paul Nelson was killed on December 27, 2011 when the ...

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My Girlfriend Is On Fire and More

Four cases top the fire law news today, one worse than next. Three involve EMS personnel, two involve criminal activity, one is international, one involves digital imagery and one involves a dispatcher. In Tennessee, the former EMS director of Bledsoe ...

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Welsh Medic Terminated for Slapping a Patient

Sometimes its good to look at cases from other countries so we understand that the headlines we see here in the US are not representative of a uniquely American problem. Its really a function of human nature and the nature ...

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Canadian Sexual Harassment Case Dismissed

A sexual harassment suit brought by a female firefighter against her department and her union has been dismissed… sort of. The court concluded that it lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit, and that the matter rightfully belonged in binding arbitration. ...

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