DOL’s New Overtime Rules

Today’s burning question: I heard a rumor that there are some new overtime rules coming out soon. Will these new rules have an impact on fire departments? Answer: That is a great question, and one I get asked a lot these days.

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RI Supreme Court Reverses Denial Of Disability Pension

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the City of Providence’s Retirement Board that denied a disability pension to Rescue Captain Michael Morse. Mike, who is a well known author and blogger, injured his back in 2012 while lifting a patient.

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Iowa City Files Public Records Suits Over Dispatch Center

A dispute in Iowa over a county dispatch center has led to two public records suits being filed by the City of Keokuk. One of the suits names the Lee County Fire Chiefs Association and its president, Neil Gathers, while the other names the City of West Point and its leadership.

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NH Firefighter Spared Jail Time For Drug Theft

A New Hampshire fire lieutenant who was convicted in March of stealing EMS drugs, has been spared incarceration. Former Rochester FD Lieut., Donald Penney, was found guilty of charges stemming from the theft of post-transport replacement drugs from Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

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Pension for Disabled NY Firefighter Restored by Appellate Court

A disabled New York firefighter has successfully prevailed in challenging his former city’s attempt to cut his disability payments. Mount Vernon firefighter Michael Masullo was permanently disabled in 2000, and granted a disability pension in 2004. In 2009, the city demanded he apply for any further benefits.

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Legal Authority for Chain of Command

Today’s burning question: In a combination department without a formal chain of command, do full-time Captains have authority over a part-time Chief Officer? Does any case law differentiate between the two? Answer: The answer cannot come from the law, it has to come from the department’s leadership to establish the chain of command.

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Illinois Chief Gets Jail Time For Theft

An Illinois fire chief who used fire department funds to pay for personal expenses has been sentenced to serve 6 months in jail and pay more than $10,000 in restitution. Former Brimfield Fire Chief James E. Bennett, 40, was sentenced last Thursday after pleading guilty to felony theft charges

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Idaho Chief Resigns After Disagreement Over Discipline

An Idaho fire chief has resigned after a disagreement with the city’s mayor over the appropriate level of discipline for a firefighter accused of misconduct. Mountain Home Fire Chief Alan Bermensolo resigned rather than sign a disciplinary letter to one of his firefighters as requested by Mayor Rich Sykes

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Billy G Prevails In Illinois Lawsuit

A defamation suit against one of the biggest names in the fire service was tossed out of court today. Chief Billy Goldfeder was sued last year by an Illinois non-profit, Remembrance Rescue Project, over content he published in an email in 2014

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Michigan Chief Sues for Wrongful Termination

A nationally known and highly respected fire chief who was unceremoniously terminated by Northville Township in March, has filed suit claiming wrongful termination. Chief Richard Marinucci was told by township officials in March to resign or be fired

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