Liability Concerns With Back-Up Drivers

Today’s burning question: If one of our full-time engineers is assigned to an ambulance for the shift and the back-up engineer has an accident isn’t the department subject to a higher level of liability? Answer: Let me guess… you are an engineer and you don’t like working on the meat wagon?

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OSHA Considering Additional Regs for the Fire Service

According to BusinessInsurance.com, OSHA is contemplating new regulations aimed specifically at firefighters. The article lists several areas that OSHA is looking at, including mandatory medical examinations to help address the cardiac risk and banning sliding poles due to injuries.

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Florida Firefighter Awarded $850k

A Tallahassee firefighter who was terminated in 2013 has been awarded $850,000 in damages for retaliation, whistleblower violations, and disability discrimination. Mark DeCarlo claimed he was disciplined and ultimately terminated in retaliation for reporting safety issues within the Tallahassee Fire Department, and over a perceived psychological disability.

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Nebraska Captain Claims He was Victim of Retaliation

A Lincoln, Nebraska fire captain who claims he has been subjected to retaliation since he reported the harassment of recruits in 2011, has filed suit in federal court. Troy Hurd filed suit in US District court last Friday against the City of Lincoln and six ranking officers in the fire department.

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Cal Fire Sues LA Over Costs of Wildland Fire

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to recoup the costs associated with battling the Powerhouse fire in 2013. The suit alleges the fire was started by arcing power lines that dropped burning metal into dry brush.

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Boston District Chief Sentenced to Probation

Boston District Chief Edward Scigliano IV, 46, who was convicted earlier this month of stealing $46,000 from the city was today sentenced to three years of probation, 750 hours of community service, and ordered to pay restitution to the city within two years.

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Black Sunday Firefighters Awarded $183 Million

A Bronx jury has awarded three firefighters and the families of two deceased firefighters $183 million in damages stemming from the Black Sunday fire. The January 23, 2005 fire trapped six firefighters on the top floor of a building from which they were forced to jump 40-50 feet.

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