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Video Released of Florida Medic Tossing Patient Off Stretcher

A video showing a frustrated Brevard County Paramedic flipping a patient off a stretcher has been released by the State Attorney's Office in Brevard County. Paramedic Kenneth Hallenbeck was fired by Brevard County Fire Rescue and charged with felony assault on an elderly or disabled person.

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Should We Accept Anonymous Complaints Against Firefighters?

Today’s burning question: If someone wants to file a complaint against a firefighter, can we allow that person to remain anonymous? In other words, should we accept anonymous complaints? Answer: That is a question that comes up a lot in my Fire Department Administrative Investigations and Enforcing Discipline class.

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Texas Firefighter Loses Suit Over Discrimination and Due Process

A McAllen, Texas firefighter who was fired twice and reinstated both times has lost a discrimination and due process lawsuit against his department and fire chief. Last February, Robert Vargus sued McAllen and Chief Rafael Balderas alleging discrimination and harassment on account of age and disability and §1983 due process violations.

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Captain’s Widow Sues Over Ice-Bucket Challenge Electrocution Death

The widow of a Kentucky fire captain who was electrocuted while assisting with an ice-bucket challenge event last August has filed a wrongful death suit against Kentucky Utilities, Campbellsville University, and Pierce Manufacturing. Gina Grider filed suit in Taylor County Circuit Court last month over the August 21, 2014 death of her husband, Captain Tony Grider of the Campbellsville Fire Department.

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Michigan Condo Loses Battle to Block New Fire Station

The Michigan Supreme Court has denied an attempt by a condo association to block the construction of a new fire station. The Autumn Park Condominium Association was seeking to prevent the Meridian Charter Township from building a new 10,700-square-foot fire station near their condo complex. The association was apparently concerned that the fire station would adversely affect their quality of life and diminish the value of their property.

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Texas Volunteer Fire Department Hit with FLSA Suit

A former employee of a Texas fire department has left her ex-employer with a parting gift: an FLSA lawsuit for unpaid overtime! Jennifer Labourdette, the office manager the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. filed suit Wednesday alleging that she was not compensated for the hours she worked each week in excess of 40.

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Wrongful Death Alleged in West Virginia Cell Tower LODD

The death of a West Virginia firefighter by a collapsing cell tower has led to a wrongful death suit against five companies, a volunteer fire department and a fire chief. Nutter Fort firefighter Michael D. Garrett, 28, was killed on February 1, 2014 at the scene of a cell tower collapse. While Garret was removing a worker injured in the initial collapse a second tower collapsed.

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