Tucson Prevails in Termination Suit

A probationary Tucson firefighter who was terminated in 2015, has lost the appeal of his wrongful termination suit. Michael Burroughs sued the city claiming he was retaliated against because he filed a workers’ comp claim and because he was the victim of disability discrimination.

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California Fire Chief Sues for Wrongful Termination

A California fire chief who was terminated last year has filed suit alleging wrongful termination and an assortment of employment related counts. Larry Whithorn, who was promoted to fire chief in West Covina in December, 2014, was terminated by the city on April 22, 2019.

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LA Court Rules Firefighters Cannot be Ordered to Work in Higher Rank

Louisiana’s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a trial court ruling that firefighters in Kenner cannot be ordered to work “out of class”. The case was brought in 2019 by Firefighter Brian Drumm, an apparatus operator, on behalf of all firefighters similarly situated and Kenner Firefighters IAFF Local 1427.

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Mass Firefighter Charged With Soliciting Minor in RI

A Massachusetts firefighter has been arrested in Rhode Island on charges that he solicited sex from an undercover police officer posing online as a 14-year old girl. Edward Mathias, 40, a ten-year veteran of the Fall River Fire Department, was arrested earlier this week when he attempted to meet the girl in Rhode Island.

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Another Suit Filed in York LODD Case

The families of two Pennsylvania firefighters who were killed in a building fire in 2018, have filed a wrongful death suit against the building owner and a contractor. York firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zach Anthony died on March 21, 2018 at a fire in the Weaver Piano Building.

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How Long to Maintain Training Records

Today’s burning question: Is there a recommended length of time an agency should keep training records such as class rosters? Our organization, to protect ourselves, archive all our records and have a management system for how long they are stored. Answer: Record retention requirements are highly jurisdiction specific and...

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Three Terminated Mass Firefighters Sue Claiming Retaliation

Three Massachusetts firefighters who were terminated just before Christmas last year have filed separate lawsuits claiming their firing was retaliation for cooperating with a state police investigation involving their current fire chief. Capt. Rebecca Boutin, FF David Kennedy and FF Kyle Miltimore filed their suits against the City of Westfield.

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