Fire Law Survey Results

Thank you to all who took the time to respond to our initial Fire Law Survey. The following results are preliminary, based on just over 400 responses. I will leave the survey open for another few days, and update the results.

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Chicago Facing Suit For Military Discrimination

A Chicago firefighter, with the support of the US Department of Justice, has filed suit claiming the city’s refusal to accommodate his request to make-up a promotional exam when he returned from a military deployment violates the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

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Woman Sentenced in Wilmington LODD Fire

A woman who pled guilty to setting the fire that killed three Wilmington, Delaware firefighters, has been sentenced to thirty years in prison. Beatriz Fana-Ruiz was sentenced last week for the September 24, 2016 fire that killed Lt. Christopher Leach, FF Jerry Fickes, and FF Ardythe Hope.

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NJ City Settles Suit Over Retaliation

The City of Paterson, New Jersey has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a fire captain who claims he was retaliated by a former fire chief. Captain Salvatore Brigati filed suit in 2017 claiming Fire Chief Michael Postorino retaliated against him because he refused to sell the chief property at a discounted price or work for the chief’s side business.

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Connecticut Dispatcher Sues Claiming Discrimination

A fire dispatcher in Connecticut who was terminated last year has filed suit in federal court alleging she was the victim of race, ethnicity, gender and age discrimination. Nancy Mayeda-Brescia filed suit yesterday against the Cromwell Fire District.

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Fire Law Vlog: Georgetown FLSA Updates

In this edition of Fire Law Vlog, Curt and Bill Maccarone discuss some new updates to the FLSA that will be discussed in the upcoming FLSA for Fire Departments conference this week in Georgetown, Texas. Among the changes are amendments to the US Department of Labor regulations addressing the EAP exemptions as well changes to regular rate and fluctuating workweek.

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Trouble Again in Trenton

Three Trenton city councilwomen who have been at war with the city’s law department, have been appointed to investigate the handling of a lawsuit brought by a former fire captain. Councilwomen Kathy McBride, Marge Caldwell Wilson and Robin Vaughn were appointed last week by the full council to serve as an investigative sub-committee into a suit brought by former captain Michael Strycharz.

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Albany Prevails In Suit Over Demolition of Building After Fire

The US District Court for the Northern District of NY has concluded that the Albany Fire Department and the City were within their rights to order the demolition of a vacant rowhouse after it was badly damaged in a 2011 fire. The suit filed by the building’s owners accused the city of depriving them of their property without due process.

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Indiana EMS Cheating Scandal Costs Firefighter His Job

A cheating scandal during an EMT class in Indiana has cost one firefighter recruit his job, and led to the discipline of several others. The incident involved recruits from South Bend and Mishawaka who were taking an advanced EMT class at Memorial Hospital last summer.

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Court Allows Suit Against Fire Inspector to Move Forward

A sprinkler contractor who sued a local fire marshal and fire commissioner over the denial of a permit has survived a motion for summary judgment in US District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. Double A Corporation filed suit earlier this year against Anthony Babauta, a fire inspector for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services

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CalFire Settles With In-N-Out Burger Over 2017 Fire

A lawsuit filed by CalFire to recoup the costs associated with the Huasna Fire in 2017, has been settled with In-N-Out Burger. The fire in San Luis Obispo County burned nearly 250 acres over the course for four days and cost nearly $1.2 million to fight.

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