Detroit Fire Terminates EMS Personnel Over Neglect Of Care Allegation

The Detroit Fire Department has terminated two EMS personnel based on allegations they failed to perform CPR on a 30-year-old man in January. Patrick Clemons was suffering from a heart attack and according to his family, EMS personnel made him walk to the stretcher then then failed to administer aid to him during the transport.

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Polk County Prevails in First Amendment Suit By Medical Director

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a doctor who claims she was wrongfully replaced as the Polk County Fire Department’s medical director after she voiced concerns about the handling of an African American candidate with a medical condition. Dr. Nancy King served as the occupational health director for Polk County for 15 years.

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Motorola Sued for $145 Million Over Death of Houston Fire Captain

The widow of a Houston fire captain who was seriously injured in the Southwest Inn fire in 2013, and who died in 2017, has filed suit against Motorola Solutions, Inc. alleging deficiencies in the radio system contributed to her husband’s injuries and ultimately his death. Jacki Dowling filed suit in Harris County District Court on February 18, 2019.

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Court Rules No Overtime For Flight Medics

A federal court in Missouri has ruled that employees of air ambulance providers are not entitled to overtime compensation because air ambulance providers are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. The suit was filed last year by a flight medic, Jacob Riegelsberger, against Air Evac EMS, Inc. under the FLSA because he and his co-workers were only paid overtime after they worked 84 hours in a two week paid period.

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Michigan Dispatchers Sued for $25 Million

Two Michigan dispatchers are facing a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit brought by the estate of a man who died when numerous 911 calls went unanswered because one of the dispatchers was “having a bad day.” The Estate of Stephen Greene filed suit in Wayne County Circuit Court last week naming former Canton Township dispatchers Rachel Rowell and Joshua Choroba

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Orlando Fire Chief Steps Down Following EEOC Report

On the heels of an EEOC investigative report into allegations he sexually harassed a female subordinate, Orlando Fire Chief Rod Williams has opted to resign. Last year, Chief Williams was cleared of allegations that he harassed the same subordinate by an investigation conducted by an outside attorney.

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LA Settles with Former Fire Marshal For $800k

The City of Los Angeles has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed in 2017 by former Fire Marshal John Vidovich for $800,000. The suit alleged a conspiracy between the mayor and the firefighter’s union led to Chief Vidovich’s ouster.

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Nebraska Firefighter Awarded $1.2 million For Retaliation

The first of three Nebraska firefighters who are suing the City of Lincoln, has been awarded $1.2 million by a federal court jury. Captain Troy Hurd claims he was subjected to a series of disciplinary charges by ranking officers after he complained about instructors harassing recruits on the basis of their gender and national origin.

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California Battalion Chief’s Termination Overturned

A California battalion chief who was terminated for allegedly failing to report an altercation between a captain and a patient, and lying to investigators about it, has been granted a reprieve by the California Court of Appeals. Loma Linda battalion chief Steve Jones was terminated in 2014 over an incident that occurred on January 1, 2014.

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