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Suit Accuses NY Fire Department of Sexual Harassment

A veteran Schenectady firefighter has filed suit against the city claiming she has been subjected to a variety of outrageous comments and conduct creating a sexually hostile workplace. Jennifer Costa, a firefighter and paramedic in the Schenectady Fire Department since 2001, claims she was repeatedly subjected to lewd behavior; passed over for promotion in favor of less senior, less qualified and less well-trained males; and retaliated against following complaints she made about harassing behavior.

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My Top Fire Law Stories for 2014

Today we will look at the cases that are the most important, the most unusual, even the worst cases of 2014... from my perspective. We will also take a look at some of the trends and things to watch as we usher in 2015!!!!

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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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Philadelphia Paramedic Instagram Draws Heat

An Instagram photo posted by a Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic has created a firestorm of controversy. Marcell Salters posted a photo depicting two black men pointing handguns at the head of a white police officer with the caption “Our real enemy. Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing innocents."

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Houston Firefighter’s Post Sparks Complaints

A Houston firefighter has been placed on administrative duties as the department investigates offensive anti-Islamic posts on his personal Facebook page. The unidentified firefighter allegedly made the posts last month drawing the attention of KTRK TV Channel 13, who in turn brought them to the attention of the fire department.

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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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YCMTSU New Jersey

A New Jersey fire company is in the hot seat after a "Show us your t__ts" sign was displayed below company's banner last the weekend at the state Firemen's Convention. Fire Chief Michael Jacobi and President Joe Kurz of the Williamstown Fire Company are investigating how a bright yellow banner with black letters stating...

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The Digital Age Meets the Duty To Act

Today’s burning question: I was in your class at FDIC 2014 on Duty to Act, which was a real eye-opener. We were discussing it in the station today and one of the paramedics mentioned a smartphone app called PulsePoint, that can notify you if someone nearby is having a heart attack. Doesn’t that raise some duty to act questions?

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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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