Suit By Retired Alabama Chief Dismissed

A former District Chief with the Montgomery Fire Department who agreed to retire in 2010 as part of the settlement of a gender discrimination suit, has lost a second suit she filed in 2018 claiming that the fire chief made derogatory comments about her. District Chief Jennifer Jennings Bennett first sued the city in 2008.

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Mount Vernon Deputy Chief Seeks Back Pay For Suspension

A deputy chief in Mount Vernon, NY who was suspended last September has filed suit claiming his due process rights were violated. Deputy Chief Al-Farid Salahuddin was suspended after a profanity-laden audio recording of him speaking with a fire lieutenant surfaced.

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Racism Has No Home In Our Firehouse

It didn’t take long for the public to express outrage over the fact that a ladder company on Long Island was driving around displaying a large Confederate Flag earlier today. It also didn’t take long for the fire department to take immediate action to address the situation.

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Tampa Firefighters Sue to Enforce Arbitrator’s Award

Tampa Firefighters, IAFF Local 754, filed suit last week to confirm an arbitration award ordering the reinstatement of a firefighter who was terminated last year. The firefighter was terminated following his arrest on charges of solicitation. He was off-duty at the time, but in uniform.

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Bellingham Intubation Training Suit Settled for $175k

The City of Bellingham, Washington has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the widow of a man whose body was used by firefighters to practice their intubation skills for $175,000. Jai Ginn’s federal court suit against the city, eleven firefighters, and Whatcom County’s medical program director alleged a due process violation and tortious interference with a dead body.

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Michigan County Sued Over Dispatch Error

The family of a fourteen-year old who died after suffering an asthma-attack that left him brain-dead on life-support, has filed suit against Monroe County and a county dispatcher that they claim mishandled the 911 call. Bobby Reyes experienced difficulty breathing on September 21, 2019, prompting his mother, Sarah Jones, to initially help him search for his inhaler.

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Minnesota Medic Claims Whistleblower Retaliation

A Minnesota paramedic who resigned last year has filed suit in federal court alleging he was retaliated against for reporting the falsification of EMS training attendance records and because he refused a police sergeant's direction to administer ketamine to a patient. Joseph Paul Baker filed suit last week naming the City of Woodbury, the fire chief and two fire commanders.

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Fired Washington Chief Will Get Trial But COVID May Mean No Jury

A Washington state fire chief who was terminated in 2019 after a vote of no-confidence by his firefighters, has survived a motion to dismiss his wrongful termination suit by establishing a question of fact as to whether the city had just cause to terminate him. Fire Chief David Bathke has terminated by the City of Ocean Shores in March, 2019 after less than two years at the helm.

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NY Appeals Court Upholds Reduced Verdict In Accident Case

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has upheld a jury verdict awarding a motorist $20,000 in damages over an accident with a responding volunteer firefighter. Oddly enough, it was the motorist who appealed the verdict contending that the jury and the court erred in finding him 60% at fault and the volunteer firefighter just 40% at fault for the accident.

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Latrobe Firefighters Sue City and Chief

Five members of a volunteer fire company in Latrobe, Pennsylvania have filed suit claiming their suspension and subsequent expulsion violated the First and Fourteen Amendments of the US Constitution. The suit names the City of Latrobe, Mayor Rosemarie M. Wolford, the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Chief John Brasile, and LVFD President Charles McDowell, Jr.

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Bridgeport Prevails in Suit Over Warehouse Fire

The Connecticut Court of Appeals has rejected the claims of a building owner who sought to hold the Bridgeport Fire Department liable for a major warehouse fire that resulted in a toxic waste cleanup costing the EPA over $2.3 million. 25 Grant Street LLC, filed suit alleging the fire department’s failure to conduct inspections coupled with a decision to apply water to “a small fire” in a building containing drums of toxic chemicals, led to the damages.

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