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Louisiana Chief Fired For Slapping Butt of Female Firefighter

A Louisiana fire chief has been terminated and is facing criminal charges for slapping a female firefighter on the butt during a fire prevention program at a local school. Fire Chief Michael Arnold of the Eunice Fire Department was terminated earlier this week by the Eunice City Council. The incident reportedly occurred on October 9, 2014.

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Kentucky Fire Department Fined $25K Over Electrocution LODD

The State of Kentucky has fined the Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Department $25,000 following it’s investigation into the Ice Bucket Challenge related death of Captain Tony Grider last August. The incident occurred as firefighters were assisting the Campbellsville University marching band by spraying them with water from an aerial platform as part of an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser.

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$5 Million Settlement in Stamford Fire

A fatal fire that claimed the lives of five people in Stamford, Connecticut on Christmas morning, 2011 is in the news with word that one of the defendants who was sued for wrongful death has agreed to settle by paying $5 million.

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Locker Searches and the 4th Amendment

Today’s burning question: Does a fire department have the right to search a firefighter’s locker, individual sleeping room, or dresser without cause? Answer: It depends. As a governmental agency, a fire department has to respect the 4th Amendment rights of everyone, including its employees. The 4th Amendment prohibits warrantless searches

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South Carolina Fire Department Sued for Refusing to Rehire Lieutenant Who Resigned

Today’s burning question: Back in 2013 I was facing some bogus criminal charges and my fire chief told me he would have to fire me or I could resign. He said if I resigned he would rehire me once the criminal case was wrapped up. The charges were dismissed and now he is refusing to rehire me. Can I sue? Answer: Yes, there are several legal theories upon which you can sue

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Atlanta Mayor Terminates Chief Cochran

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced yesterday that Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been terminated after refusing his request to resign. Chief Cochran was suspended for 30 days in November after concerns were raised about comments in his new book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked", that condemned homosexuality and suggested women should be subservient to their man.

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Minnesota Union Sues to Block Hiring of Firefighters

A union representing part-time firefighters in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota is suing the city to block the planned hiring of 18 new full-time firefighters. The suit pits AFSCME Council No. 5 against Brooklyn Park Firefighters, International Association of Firefighters Local 5031, who are looking to increase the size of their membership with the additional 18 personnel.

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LAX Shooting Case Removed to Federal Court

The wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Fire Department and five other defendants arising out of the shooting of a Transportation Security Administration agent at Los Angeles International Airport in 2013 has been removed to federal court.

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Suit Accuses NY Fire Department of Sexual Harassment

A veteran Schenectady firefighter has filed suit against the city claiming she has been subjected to a variety of outrageous comments and conduct creating a sexually hostile workplace. Jennifer Costa, a firefighter and paramedic in the Schenectady Fire Department since 2001, claims she was repeatedly subjected to lewd behavior; passed over for promotion in favor of less senior, less qualified and less well-trained males; and retaliated against following complaints she made about harassing behavior.

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My Top Fire Law Stories for 2014

Today we will look at the cases that are the most important, the most unusual, even the worst cases of 2014... from my perspective. We will also take a look at some of the trends and things to watch as we usher in 2015!!!!

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Top Fire Law Stories for 2014

It’s time to review the top fire law stories for 2014, and this year we are going to take a second look at some of our top headlines in a couple of different ways based on data from our readers!!!

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