Social Media

Deleting Derogatory Facebook Postings

Today’s burning question: Can I block someone from posting on our FD Facebook page, or at least hide the comments from public view, because they have been posting derogatory comments ? Answer: yes and no. Government cannot censor members of the public. Government censorship violates the 1st Amendment.

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Facebook Post Leads To Firefighter Suspension

A Facebook posting about a fatal dirt bike accident in June is continuing to raise troubling questions for a Long Island firefighter and his fire department. Jon-Paul Brechter was suspended from the Holbrook Fire Department, one day after he posted insensitive remarks on Facebook about an accident that killed two young men on a stolen dirt bike.

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You Tube Ad Leads To 3 Day Suspension

The Orlando district chief who appeared in uniform with a city vehicle in a YouTube ad for a new fishing product has learned his fate: a three-day suspension without pay. District Chief Danny Wilson appeared in the video earlier this year marketing a new product, the Rod Defender.

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ACLU Steps Up For NH Firefighter

A New Hampshire firefighter who was fired in 2015 over a Facebook discussion, just got some good news: the American Civil Liberties Union is taking up his cause. Alex Morin was terminated from the Farmington Fire Department days after he and another firefighter questioned the appropriateness of citizens posting incident related comments on Facebook.

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NJ Chief Pleads to Child Pornography Charges

A New Jersey fire chief who was arrested in 2015 for sharing child pornography over fire department computers, has pled guilty. Former Audubon Park fire chief John Terruso pled guilty yesterday to second-degree distribution of child pornography and third-degree possession child pornography.

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Jury Awards $1.4 Million in Charlotte Retaliation Case

A former arson investigator for the Charlotte Fire Department was awarded $1.4 million today in a whistleblower lawsuit against the City of Charlotte. Crystal Eschert, a former arson investigator for the city was fired after she voiced safety concerns over a new fire department building.

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Iowa City Council Upholds Reprimand Over Social Media Post

An Iowa firefighter who was reprimanded for posting a sarcastic comment on social media last September, has lost his appeal to the city council. Cedar Falls firefighter Shane Farmer claims he was “unjustly disciplined” for his post that encouraged residents to heed evacuation warnings during near-record floods.

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Discipline Announced in SLO Sexy Video

The fire chief and the city manager in San Luis Obispo, California have learned their long awaited fate over the sexy spoof video they participated in last January. Fire Chief Garret Olson and City Manager Katie Lichtig participated in the making of the video in 2016, which was shown at the city’s annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

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Settlement Announced in Oregon Wrongful Termination Suit

An Oregon fire chief who filed a wrongful termination suit has agreed to accept a $55,000 settlement. Chief Mike Balzer claims he was terminated by Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District because his wife posted comments on social media that were critical of the district’s board.

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