Stamford Settles Second Suit Over 2011 Christmas Fatal Fire for $1.35 Million

The Stamford Advocate is reporting that the second of three lawsuits involving the City of Stamford over the fire on Christmas morning 2011 that killed five family members, has been settled for $1.35 million. The fire killed Lily Badger, 9, and her twin sisters, Sarah and Grace, 7, along with their grandparents, Lomer Johnson, 71, and Pauline Johnson, 69.

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Confederate Flag Prompts Protective Order Request in Maryland

The response of a Montgomery County firefighter to seeing a Confederate Flag above a colleague's license plate has led his colleagues to seek a court protective order against him. The strange case began on July 18 when Firefighter Idris Debruhl took issue with what he saw on Firefighter Charles Lee’s personal vehicle.

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Florida Firefighter Files FMLA Suit

A Florida firefighter who was terminated last year is claiming the fire department violated the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Sergio Valdes was fired by the Greater Naples Fire Rescue on December 28, 2016, the same day he returned from a work related injury.

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Facebook Post Leads To Firefighter Suspension

A Facebook posting about a fatal dirt bike accident in June is continuing to raise troubling questions for a Long Island firefighter and his fire department. Jon-Paul Brechter was suspended from the Holbrook Fire Department, one day after he posted insensitive remarks on Facebook about an accident that killed two young men on a stolen dirt bike.

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What is Our Biggest Liability?

What is the biggest liability facing the fire service? Yesterday’s post was about a subrogation lawsuit filed by an insurance carrier against a fire department over a rekindle that destroyed a home. The insurer is seeking $640,000 in damages. Are cases like this our biggest liability?

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Rural Metro Sued For Tucson Rekindle

The insurance company for the owners of an Arizona house that burned in 2016 is suing the Rural Metro Fire Department for failing to fully extinguish an earlier blaze at the house. The January 9, 2016 fire destroyed the home of Jack and Connie Donovan in Tucson, causing an estimated $641,886 in damage

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7th Circuit Reinstates Chicago Firefighter’s Discrimination Suit

A lawsuit that accuses a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant and captain of discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation has been reinstated by the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The suit was filed by former firefighter Roberto Alamo against Lieutenant Charlie Bliss, Captain Patrick Stefan and the City of Chicago.

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Firefighter Overtime – The Blog

It is my pleasure to welcome my good friend and colleague Bill Maccarone to cyberspace with the creation of a new blog called FirefighterOvertime.org. Bill and I have been teaching the FLSA for Fire Departments program for the past two years, and Bill's plan is to pass along his accumulated knowledge – together with the latest in FLSA headlines – to firefighters everywhere.

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UK Fire Officer On Trial For Sexual Contact With Subordinate

For those of you who write in asking whether the American fire service is totally out of control, comes a story from overseas…. to confirm the proverbial saying – same circus different clowns…. A fire officer in Wales is accused of playing “tit cricket” with a female subordinate.

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EMS Shooting War in Texas

An EMS provider in Texas has filed suit against a competitor accusing it of vandalizing its ambulances by shooting out windows, severing brakes lines, and secretly placing GPS trackers on its vehicles to identify and solicit its customers. The sensational allegations were included in a complaint filed last week by Republic Ambulance against City Ambulance.

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You Tube Ad Leads To 3 Day Suspension

The Orlando district chief who appeared in uniform with a city vehicle in a YouTube ad for a new fishing product has learned his fate: a three-day suspension without pay. District Chief Danny Wilson appeared in the video earlier this year marketing a new product, the Rod Defender.

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