Orange County Fire Rescue Sued Over Murder-Suicide

Orange County Fire Rescue along with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are facing a negligence lawsuit brought by the son of a woman who was murdered last year. Juanita Childs-Hughes died in a murder suicide perpetrated by her husband, Taylor Hughes. Childs-Hughes was on the phone with dispatchers reporting smoke in the building when she was shot.

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Safety, Liability and The 10 Year Service Life for PPE

Today’s burning question: My fire department does a very good job of adhering to NFPA 1851 when it comes to turnout coats and pants. Something we’ve really never paid attention to is the 10-year service life for helmets and boots. Is liability for violating NFPA 1851 purely theoretical?

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Firefighter DNA an Issue in Connecticut Lawsuit

Several Connecticut firefighters have found themselves in the middle of a court battle over the need for them to provide DNA samples in a complicated case involving the death of an attorney. The suit was brought in US District Court by the father of Gugsa Abraham Dabela, who died on April 5, 2014.

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Texas Firefighter Terminated Over Facebook Post

A Texas firefighter who posted remarks on Facebook that supported the sport shooting Latinos crossing the border has been terminated from two fire departments that he served with. The Westfield Fire Department and the Bellaire Fire Department fired firefighter Chris Bush following his post last week.

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Massachusetts Firefighters Angry About No Charges Following Investigation Into Missing Funds

Firefighters in Hudson believe a former fire chief is responsible for the disappearance of more than $60,000 from a firefighter relief fund. Channel 5 WCVB is reporting that a police investigation into the Hudson Firefighters Relief Association Fund concluded that the funds were “drained” by December, 2010, and they are powerless to charge anyone over its disappearance due to the statute of limitations.

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Family Suing Detroit Fire Over Fire Death

The family of a man who died in a house fire last March has filed suit against the Detroit Fire Department. Kevin McGriff, 26, died in the fire, but firefighters apparently missed locating his body. Five days later his body was located by his father who had stopped by the building to search for insurance papers.

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Magistrate Determines Wrongful Death Suit Over Maine Drowning Should Be Dismissed

A federal magistrate has recommended that a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Bangor for the death of a man who drown earlier this year, be dismissed. Peter Manuel jumped into the Kenduskeag River while fleeing from Bangor police officers on March 2. Bangor firefighters responded and both police and firefighters tried to help him but he refused until he disappeared into the icy waters.

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Fired Texas Recruit Files Race Discrimination Suit

An Austin firefighter cadet who was fired in 2016 for poor performance has filed suit claiming he was the victim of race discrimination. Damon Easter filed suit last Friday in US District Court accusing the department and academy instructors of being on a “continuous crusade” against him...

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San Francisco Medic Facing Criminal Charges Over Restraint Of Patient

A San Francisco Fire Department paramedic is facing criminal charges and a San Francisco police officer has been fired over the restraint of a suicidal female. Medic Raymond Lee, 46, and San Francisco police officer Michael Filamor responded to a call from the woman’s mother who reported her daughter was threatening to harm herself.

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