LAFD Sued Over Stretcher Mishap

A woman who claims she lost her unborn child while being transported on a stretcher by a Los Angeles City Fire Department ambulance crew has filed suit against the LAFD, the involved personnel and the property owner where the incident took place.

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Florida Chief Accused of Massive Fraud Scheme

A recently retired assistant chief from Indian River County Fire Rescue, has been charged in connection with a tire-reselling scheme costing the county nearly $300,000. Assistant Chief Brian Burkeen was arrested yesterday and charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

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San Bernardino County Division Chief Prevails in Age Discrimination Appeal

A former San Bernardino County division chief who was awarded $600,000 in 2016 for age-discrimination, has prevailed on the county’s appeal. Division Chief George Corley was terminated by the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District in 2012 because his management style conflicted with that of newly appointed Fire Chief Mark Hartwig

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Volunteers, Day Time Help and the FLSA

Today’s burning question: Our volunteer fire department is struggling to get enough help weekdays. We are thinking about paying some of our folks to be available during these hours. Can we pay our folks $4/hour to be available? Answer: Volunteer fire departments have to be very careful when it comes to compensating their personnel in any way.

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Orlando Firefighter Sues For Wrongful Termination

The Orlando firefighter who was terminated for audio recording the rant of a City Commissioner while on a medical run, has filed suit for wrongful termination and retaliation. Firefighter-Paramedic Joshua L. Granada was terminated after he used his cellphone to record a hostile verbal encounter with City Commissioner Regina Hill.

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Texas Chief Seeks Recusal of Judge in Union Theft Case

A Texas fire chief accused of stealing $8,000 from a union fund, is seeking to have a judge disqualified from ruling on his motion to suppress evidence obtained during a search of his house. Former Brownsville fire chief Carlos Elizondo is seeking to have District Judge Elia Cornejo-Lopez recused.

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Selectmen Order Maine Fire Department To Stand Down

A Maine fire department has been ordered to “stand down until further notice” as town officials scramble to address outdated turnout gear. The Town of Limington’s Board of Selectmen released a statement yesterday stating they recently were informed that the personal protective equipment issued to the town’s volunteer firefighters was more than ten years old

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NH Inn Owner Sues Town and Fire Chief for $2 million

A New Hampshire fire chief is being sued by the owner of a bed and breakfast who claims the chief conspired with the town’s treasurer, with whom he is romantically involved, to damage his business. Joseph Torro filed suit last week in US District Court naming the Town of Bradford, Bradford's fire chief, and Bradford's treasurer.

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Sex Scandals – It’s Not Just US

Sometimes it is good to know that it is not just US. Of course, who we define as "US" is sometimes a tricky matter. Sometimes "US" is the fire service in general, so when there is a YCMTSU case involving the police, it reminds us that it's not just us firefighters.

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