2020 Edition of NFPA 1710 Released

The 2020 Edition of NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, has been released by the NFPA Standards Council. The 2020 Edition contains several noteworthy changes. To address concerns about when NFPA 1710 applies compared to NFPA 1720, a definition of a career fire department was added

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Illinois Widow Sues Fire Department For Lost Sick Time

The widow of an Illinois firefighter who died of cancer in 2017, is suing the fire department he worked for to recoup the value of the sick leave he was forced to take while incapacitated due to his medical condition. Joliet Fire Department Lieutenant Scott Carroll died on July 29, 2017 of myxoid liposarcoma. He became unable to work and thereafter was forced to use his accrued sick leave.

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Pink Collar Theft in Mississippi VFD

The treasurer for a volunteer fire department in Mississippi has been indicted on embezzlement charges. Sandra “Carlene” Statham was the treasurer for Friendship Volunteer Fire Department. She is accused of writing checks to herself totaling $35,772.23.

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Trial Court Rules Against Utica Fire Chief’s Disability Claim

For a relatively small city, the City of Utica, New York has seen more than it’s fair share of fire law headlines in recent years. The Utica Fire Department is once again in the headlines with word that New York State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McRae has ruled against Fire Chief Russell Brooks, who is seeking 9-11 related disability benefits for his leukemia.

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Arson Charges Dismissed Against Two NY Firefighters

Arson charges against two volunteer firefighters from the Central Islip Fire Department have been dismissed following a lengthy trial that raised a number of troubling question about how the case was investigated. Judge John Collins dismissed the charges against Stephen Hernandez and Weldon Drayton.

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Another FDNY EMT Challenges Hiring Age for Firefighters

An EMT with FDNY who was denied a firefighter’s position due to his age, has filed suit alleging age discrimination. Daniel P. O'Donoghue filed suit earlier this month naming FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and the City of New York as defendants. O'Donoghue filed the suit pro se in US District Court.

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NJ City Sued For Reverse Discrimination by Firefighter Candidates

Nine prospective firefighters who were offered jobs with the City of Englewood, New Jersey have filed suit claiming the last minute decision to withdraw the job offers constituted breach of contract and reverse discrimination. The candidates were given conditional job offers by the city, and completed all of the prerequisites to start the fire academy on April 15.

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Burning Question: Who Controls Grievances and Remedies

Today’s burning question: When proposing a remedy to a grievance in a collective bargaining workplace, does the grievant have full discretion to demand whatever he/she believes is an appropriate remedy? Answer: The grievance belongs to the union, not the individual member.

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Eliminating Technical Rescue Services and Liability

Today’s burning question: If a department eliminates a technical rescue discipline due to liability concerns and a technical rescue incident occur, could those responders be accused of nonfeasance? Answer: The direct answer to your question is yes, responders could be accused of nonfeasance. I think your real question is whether they could be liable and the answer is probably not…

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