NY Village Sues Neighboring Village Over Fire Protection

Last week’s decision by the Village of Port Chester, New York to eliminate its paid fire department has run into a new obstacle: the Village of Rye Brook filed suit yesterday claiming that Port Chester is under a legally binding contract to staff its fire station through 2018.

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Oklahoma LODD Prompts Wrongful Death Suit

The widow of an Oklahoma firefighter who drown last year in floodwaters has filed a wrongful death suit against the city. Claremore Fire Captain Jason Farley died on May 23, 2015 when he was pulled into a flooded storm drain while at the scene of a water rescue.

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Fireman’s Rule and Recovering for Injuries

Today’s burning question: I am a career firefighter and tore my left MCL on a medical call when a patient kicked me. I am receiving worker's comp, but I was wondering if a firefighter has the ability recover from the responsible party? Answer: A firefighter's ability to recover is going to depend initially on your state’s interpretation of the “Fireman’s Rule”.

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Details Emerge About Retaliation Suit Against Charlotte Fire

Additional details are emerging about the lawsuit filed today against the Charlotte Fire Department by former fire investigator Crystal Eschert. Eschert claims that after she raised health, safety, and financial management concerns in April 2014 she was retaliated against by the fire department and terminated in September, 2014

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Texas Fire Department Facing Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Suit

The City of Beaumont is facing a sexual harassment suit filed by a former fire department employee against the city and Fire Chief Anne Huff. Former Fire Administrator Ashley Scott claims Chief Huff made sexual advances toward her and when she rebuffed those advances she was disciplined and ultimately terminated.

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FDNY Ambulance Billing Fraud Case Settled for $4.3 Million

The City of New York has agreed to settle a civil fraud suit brought by the United States Attorneys Office for $4.3 million. The suit claims FDNY improperly billed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for millions of dollars between October 2008 and October 2012 for services that were not “medically necessary”.

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Mississippi Fire Department Sued for $2.5 Million Over Dreadlocks

An applicant to the Gulfport Fire Department who was told he would have to cut his dreadlocks before he could start last year, has filed suit claiming race discrimination. Larry Christmas Jr. claims he passed the written and agility tests necessary to start with the GFD but was ordered to cut his dreadlocks.

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Illinois Firefighter Charged With Multiple Arsons

A volunteer firefighter in Illinois has been charged in connection with a series of five arson fires over the past two weeks. Kenneth Grabow, 20, is facing 6 counts of criminal damage to property and 4 counts of arson in connection with the 5 fires.

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Brevard County Patient Abuse Case Resolved

Brevard County has reached a settlement with the patient who was injured last year when a paramedic flipped him off a stretcher after transporting him to the Weusthoff Medical Center. The patient, James Slater, filed suit last month against Brevard County and former Brevard County Fire Rescue paramedic Kenneth Hallenbeck

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