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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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Facebook Again – This Time It’s Cleveland

A Facebook post that prompted over 60,000 responses including comments from Hillary Clinton and other elected officials, prompted a post from Cleveland firefighter that is now the center of an investigation. On July 3, Humans of New York posted a photo of a weeping child saying, “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”

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Racist Post or Rush To Judgment, Political Correctness Edition

Earlier this week we covered the story of the Texas firefighter who reportedly posted a racist comment on the web site of a South Carolina newspaper following the murder of nine African Americans at the hands of a white supremacist. Now comes word that the comment was not made in support of the murderer but rather in reference to someone who donated a large sum of money to the victims' families.

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Texas Firefighter Terminated Over Racist Facebook Post

A volunteer firefighter in Texas who posted an offensive comment about the recent murder of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina on the Facebook page of a South Carolina newspaper, has been summarily terminated from his fire department. Kurtis Cook was terminated by the Mabank Fire Department after posting that murder suspect Dylann Roof “needs to be praised for the good deed he has done.”

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