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Billy G Prevails In Illinois Lawsuit

A defamation suit against one of the biggest names in the fire service was tossed out of court today. Chief Billy Goldfeder was sued last year by an Illinois non-profit, Remembrance Rescue Project, over content he published in an email in 2014

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Details Emerge About Retaliation Suit Against Charlotte Fire

Additional details are emerging about the lawsuit filed today against the Charlotte Fire Department by former fire investigator Crystal Eschert. Eschert claims that after she raised health, safety, and financial management concerns in April 2014 she was retaliated against by the fire department and terminated in September, 2014

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Oregon Chief Claims He Was Fired Over Wife’s Social Media Postings

Today’s burning question: Can I be fired from my job as a fire chief because my wife criticizes my bosses on social media? Answer: Chances are your bosses will find another reason to fire you if they were upset about your wife’s social media activities. That is what former Cannon Beach Fire Chief Mike Balzer claims happened to him.

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Public Records and Electronic Communications

Today’s burning question: If a firefighter’s personal device such as a cellphone connects to a wireless network provided by a governmental agency, is the information transmitted automatically subject to the state’s public records law? Answer: Whether an electronic communication is a public record has nothing to do with how it is transmitted.

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Facebook Claims Another Victim

A Michigan chief is fighting to get his job back after an online argument on Facebook led to an investigation and his termination. Assistant Chief Michael Head of the Harper Woods Fire Department was fired following revelation of the comments ...

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Atlanta Investigating Escort Service Using Fire Station Photos

The city of Atlanta is investigating how an escort service got access to a fire station to take some questionable photos that are being used to market their services online. The photos taken inside Station 2 on Jonesboro Road in southeast Atlanta appeared in an ad placed on Backpage.com depicting women posing provocatively with apparatus and turnout gear.

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Philly Medic Facing Discipline for Texting while Driving

A Philadelphia Fire Department medic is facing discipline following the posting of a video on Facebook showing him texting while driving an ambulance to the hospital. The video was posted by Ebony Clarke, the mother of a patient, Jeron, who was being transported to the hospital for a head injury.

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Des Moines Fire Chief Under Attack

Chiefs under attack. Its an ongoing phenomenon in the fire service, usually rationalized by firefighters based upon on local specifics that go something like this: “Our chief is an imbecile (or insert your own term of endearment…. I’ll use imbecile). He did…..and….. and …. and ….. . Only a special kind of imbecile would do… and… and …. and …..”

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Dallas Firefighter is the Latest Facebook Cyber-Casualty

A Dallas firefighter is under investigation following complaints about a Facebook post he made last Sunday. According to news reports, firefighter Chad Tyson was responding to a posting about the stabbing of two San Diego firefighters by a black man who is now on trial when he posted: "Sadly, I will delay treatment for more of them as well."

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Ohio Man Arrested for Filming Accident Scene

An Ohio man is facing criminal trespass charges after he filmed close-up images of the aftermath of a fatal motor vehicle accident, including footage he took inside the vehicle showing the victims. Paul Pelton, 41, is facing one count of trespass of a vehicle, a misdemeanor. News reports indicate that he posted the video on Facebook and sought to sell it to news outlets.

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