Lawsuit Claims Spinning Stokes Litter During Helicopter Rescue Injured Woman

A woman who was being raised in a stokes litter that began spinning wildly out of control last year during a helicopter rescue, has filed suit against the Phoenix Police and Fire Departments. Katalin Metro and her husband George, filed suit last week in Maricopa County Superior Court claiming the incident caused her severe and permanent injuries.

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Class Action Suit Filed Against AFFF Manufacturers

Three firefighters from New York state have filed a class action lawsuit against 28 companies involved in varying degrees with the manufacture and sale of AFFF. Thomas J. Gentile, Tommy McGarry, and Charles O’Keefe filed suit last week in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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City Sues Firefighter Union for Improperly Negotiating Benefits With Council

An Indiana city is suing the firefighters union claiming that benefits negotiated with the city’s Common Council are improper. City of Mishawaka filed suit against the Mishawaka Professional Firefighters Union claiming that since the city’s executive branch was “improperly excluded” from the negotiations of certain benefits, they are not enforceable.

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Court Concludes County Waived Attorney Client Privilege to Fire Department Disciplinary Investigation

An inadvertent disclosure of an internal disciplinary investigative report by Bedford County, Virginia constituted a waiver of any attorney-client privilege that otherwise would have applied, according to a ruling last week. The case involves a volunteer EMT who was sexually assaulted and abused by a career lieutenant while participating in ride-along training with the Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue when she was a minor.

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Virginia Fire Programs Officer Charged With Theft

The Chief Administrative Officer at the Virginia Department of Fire Programs is facing allegations that she stole funds from the organization. Brenda R. Scaife, 58, has been charged with four felony counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.

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Firefighter’s Hearing Loss Not Compensable

A Louisiana firefighter suffering from work-related hearing loss has lost his workers compensation claim because it was not the result of a “single traumatic accident.” James J. Hartman, Jr., a firefighter with the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department, was diagnosed in 2017 with 42.2% binaural hearing loss.

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Utah Supreme Court Creates Exception to Professional Rescuer Rule

In a landmark decision the Supreme Court of Utah has ruled that a firefighter injured at an emergency scene can recover from a property owner despite the professional rescuer rule when the injury results from gross negligence or intentional conduct. The 3-2 ruling handed down last week will allow a suit filed by South Salt Lake firefighter David Scott Ipsen to proceed.

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Drug Investigation Results in Departure of Three OH Fire Officers

Two fire officers have resigned and a third has retired as an internal investigation into drug use and sale in an Ohio fire department is released. Liberty Township Lieutenants Justin Graham and Josh Cleland have resigned and Captain Chris Olsen has retired following an internal investigation that concluded drugs were being bought and sold at work.

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