Syracuse Firefighters Prevail Over Right to Bargain Discipline

Syracuse Firefighters, IAFF Local 280, won an important victory last week in terms of maintaining their right to bargain over disciplinary matters. The city took the position that under recent case law, disciplinary matters were exempted from bargaining under the state’s Second Class Cities Law.

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Kentucky Volunteer Facing Arson Charges for Two Fires

A volunteer firefighter in Kentucky is facing charges that he set two recent fires. Jeffrey Knouse, a member of the Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Department, is being held in Lincoln County Regional Jail on $10,000 bond. The charges were brought by the Kentucky State Police.

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Alabama Chiefs Accuse Local Officials of Conspiracy

Two Alabama chief officers have filed suit against eight current and former local officials alleging they engaged in a conspiracy to fire the chiefs. Northport Fire Chief Bart Marshall and Battalion Chief Richard Brown filed suit this week naming Councilman Robby Davis, Mayor Donna Aaron, former councilman Jody Jobson, ...

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Court Upholds Termination of San Jose Firefighter

A San Jose firefighter who was terminated in 2009, has lost a second appeal to the California Court of Appeals. Grant Seibert was terminated following allegations that he sent sexually suggestive emails to a 16-year old girl who visited the fire station, and for his behavior toward a female colleague.

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Cadet Sues Former BC and Columbus Fire

A Columbus, Ohio battalion chief who resigned last year amidst allegation of sexual harassment, has been sued by a “fire cadet” for coercing her to undress and touching her inappropriately. The cadet, whose name was not released in news reports about the lawsuit, filed suit today in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

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Fire Chief’s Consent Valid For Search of Lieutenant’s Laptop

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky has denied a motion to suppress a fire department laptop in a child pornography case against a fire lieutenant. Robert Christopher England, a lieutenant with the Middlesboro Fire Department, was accused of exposing himself to a minor in a Walmart bathroom in June 2018.

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Arkansas Volunteer Arrested For Impersonating A Police Officer

An Arkansas volunteer firefighter has been charged with impersonating a police officer after he allegedly used emergency warning lights on his personal vehicle to pull a vehicle over. Michael Lindsey, 20, was arrested Saturday evening after a complainant reported Lindsey used blue lights on top of his car to pull them over.

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CARES Act and EMS Billing

In this episode of Fire Law VLOG and Fire Law Podcast, Curt and attorney Kevin Fairlie discuss the recent action by the federal government to deposit funds in the bank accounts of fire departments that bill for EMS. The deposit has certain strings attached, which fire chiefs need to understand.

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Burning Question on Retention of Fire Reports

Today’s Burning Question: We were cleaning out some of our office storage cabinets and found we have paper copies of our incident reports that go back into the 70’s. How long do we need to legally keep these reports? Answer: Fire reports need to be maintained as long as state law mandates, and perhaps longer

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Terminated Georgia Chief Claims Gender Discrimination

A Georgia fire chief who was terminated after she revealed that despite being born a male she identified as a female, has filed suit alleging gender and disability discrimination. Rachel Mosby filed suit against the City of Byron yesterday in US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

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