Social Media

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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Court Strikes Down Police Department Social Media Policy In Ho-Hum Non-Precedent Setting But Widely Discussed Decision

Today’s burning question: I just saw that the 4th Circuit struck down a police department’s social media policy based on the First Amendment. I live in Nevada, which is part of the 9th Circuit. Will that ruling be binding here? Answer: Boy, there sure is a lot of interest in that 4th Circuit case. I have received over 25 emails and social media contacts TODAY ALONE.

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Michigan Firefighter is the Latest Cybercasualty

A Michigan firefighter has been terminated over racially charged comments he posted on Facebook. Ryan Hudson, 40, of the Belding Fire Department, was fired yesterday for comments he posted in reply to a post that supported San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback ...

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Houston Firefighters Accused of Using Facebook To Sell Shift Trades

Eyewitness News in Houston is investigating firefighters for selling shift-trades on a Facebook page aptly named HFD Extra Shifts. KTRK broke the story, interviewing firefighters and elected officials, and referencing a similar shift-swapping scandal in Cleveland in 2014 that resulted in criminal charges against 13 firefighters.

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