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Maine Fire Department Sued For Letting Building Burn Down

A business owner in Maine has filed suit against a fire department alleging that it intentionally allowed his business to burn down… And if this sounds like the story you read last week – IT’s NOT!!!! Cecil A. Fogg filed suit against the Town of Owls Head, the Owls Head Volunteer Fire Department, and Fire Chief Frank Ross claiming the chief harbored a two-decades old grudge against him.

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Texas Firefighter Twice Fired Goes On The Offensive

A Texas firefighter who was fired twice and reinstated both times is suing his fire chief and the department for discrimination and violation of his due process rights. Robert Vargus was fired by the McAllen Fire Department in 2011 following an apparatus backing mishap in 2010 that was not properly reported. Vargus, who was neither driving nor in-charge, was reinstated...

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Philly Union Responds to Sex Scandal Allegations

The sex scandal in Philadelphia took a strange twist Friday with IAFF Local 22 going on the offensive claiming the department forced the alleged victim to file a complaint. Union President Joseph Schulle criticized the city for releasing a heavily redacted version of an investigative report and suggested that the release of the full report would show flaws on the fire department’s part.

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Fire Law Podcast: DC Battalion Chief’s Demotion Reversed

In this podcast District of Columbia Battalion Chief Richard Sterne explains the circumstances surrounding his demotion by Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe for not finding two officers guilty of charges at a disciplinary hearing. Curt Varone and DC Attorney Jim Pressler review the facts, the law and the politics behind the scene in the Nation’s Capitol.

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Paterson Approves $350k Settlement in Reverse Discrimination Suit

A captain in the Paterson, New Jersey Fire Department who was passed over for promotion to battalion chief in 2010 because of his race, has been given a $350,000 settlement. Joseph Parkin claims that at 11:30 am on September 10th, 2010 he was told he was going to be promoted to battalion chief later that day at 5:00 p.m.

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Oklahoma Firefighter Sues Over Comp Related Wrongful Termination

An Oklahoma firefighter who was fired following an on-the-job injury has filed a wrongful termination suit. Robert Adair, who was a Special Operations Officer and Hazmat Director for the Muskogee Fire Department, was terminated March 21, 2014, after his doctor cleared his to return to work from a line-of-duty injury he sustained on March 12, 2012.

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Florida Firefighter Sues for Sexual Discrimination

A firefighter-paramedic in Kissimmee, Florida who was terminated in October 2013, has filed suit claiming she was the victim of sexual discrimination and retaliation under state and federal law. Melanie Jerozal filed suit last week in US District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She was terminated just five months after she had been hired, and claims it was “because of her gender...

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FDNY Firefighter Facing Termination for Creating Hostile Work Environment

An FDNY firefighter is facing possible termination over a series of incidents that occurred in 2012 that began with the wearing of uniform look-alike t-shirts that offended minority firefighters. Judge Alessandra Zorgniotti ruled earlier this month that FF Thomas Buttaro, a 17 year veteran assigned to Ladder 123, should be terminated...

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DC Settles Overtime Suit for $47 Million

The District of Columbia has agreed to settle a decades-old dispute with firefighters over the payment of overtime. The case dates back to the 1990s when the District increased the firefighters hours from 42 to 53. Congress had appointed a special board and granted it broad powers to address the city’s financial instability ...

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Philadelphia Sex Scandal

Philadelphia is the latest fire department to be rocked by a sex scandal. The city’s inspector general is investigating reports that a female member had sex with up to a dozen members while on duty. The incidents occurred both in stations and in fire department vehicles.

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Emergency Scene Photos and Expectation of Privacy in Gated Communities

Today’s burning question: I serve as the photographer for my department. In my station’s first due district we have a gated community. In the event of a response into the development, would the residents have a greater expectation of privacy from photo-taking since the area is gated? Answer: The short answer is the taking of the photos/video is probably legal, but the use of the photos/video is what is more likely to get you into trouble.

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