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NY Discipline Upheld by Appellate Division

A former fire chief has lost his bid to be reinstated to his New York fire company following allegations he cursed at fellow firefighters, didn’t wear proper PPE and refused to follow orders at a fire scene. Michael Pasqua, a ...

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False Alarm Prank Leads to $258k Suit

The false alarm prank that cost an acting fire chief his job and led to criminal charges, has now led to a civil lawsuit. Marilyn Garcia filed suit last month against the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts and former Acting Fire ...

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Union Drops Grievance of Fired Lieutenant

An Ohio firefighter who was terminated in April for bringing an AR15 to work and in an unrelated matter threatening to cut the throat of a union official, has lost his bid to grieve his termination because the union decided not to pursue arbitration of his grievance.

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Lockport Retirees Sue Over Health Care Changes

The City of Lockport, New York is in the fire law news again as 71 retired firefighters and police officers filed suit alleging that the city reduced their health coverage in violation of the terms of their retirements. The city ...

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Labor Board Issues Another Complaint Against North Kingstown

On the heals of the Town Council bypassing the union and taking a settlement offer directly to individual firefighters, the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board has filed yet another unfair labor practice complaint against the Town of North Kingstown at the request of North Kingstown Firefighters, IAFF Local 1651.

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Seattle Fire Dragged Into Drowning Suit

The Seattle Fire Department has been dragged into an unfortunate wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man who drown in a hotel swimming pool last summer. Tesfaye Girma Deboch died on June 30, 2013 while swimming in ...

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Houston Captain Loses Fear Disability Claim

A Houston fire captain whose fear prevented him from entering structure fires has lost his bid to claim the city discriminated against him. Captain Shayn Proler claimed that fire officials wrongfully transferred him to a training assignment in 2004 and ...

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Arizona and Montana Wildland Fires Spark Suits

Wildland fires in Arizona and Montana have led to two lawsuits being filed over the past few days. In Arizona, 160 property owners who were victims of the Yarnell Hill fire filed suit against the Arizona State Forestry Division claiming ...

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