Florida Firefighter Files FMLA Suit

A Florida firefighter who was terminated last year is claiming the fire department violated the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Sergio Valdes was fired by the Greater Naples Fire Rescue on December 28, 2016, the same day he returned from a work related injury.

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Facebook Post Leads To Firefighter Suspension

A Facebook posting about a fatal dirt bike accident in June is continuing to raise troubling questions for a Long Island firefighter and his fire department. Jon-Paul Brechter was suspended from the Holbrook Fire Department, one day after he posted insensitive remarks on Facebook about an accident that killed two young men on a stolen dirt bike.

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What is Our Biggest Liability?

What is the biggest liability facing the fire service? Yesterday’s post was about a subrogation lawsuit filed by an insurance carrier against a fire department over a rekindle that destroyed a home. The insurer is seeking $640,000 in damages. Are cases like this our biggest liability?

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Rural Metro Sued For Tucson Rekindle

The insurance company for the owners of an Arizona house that burned in 2016 is suing the Rural Metro Fire Department for failing to fully extinguish an earlier blaze at the house. The January 9, 2016 fire destroyed the home of Jack and Connie Donovan in Tucson, causing an estimated $641,886 in damage

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7th Circuit Reinstates Chicago Firefighter’s Discrimination Suit

A lawsuit that accuses a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant and captain of discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation has been reinstated by the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The suit was filed by former firefighter Roberto Alamo against Lieutenant Charlie Bliss, Captain Patrick Stefan and the City of Chicago.

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Firefighter Overtime – The Blog

It is my pleasure to welcome my good friend and colleague Bill Maccarone to cyberspace with the creation of a new blog called FirefighterOvertime.org. Bill and I have been teaching the FLSA for Fire Departments program for the past two years, and Bill's plan is to pass along his accumulated knowledge – together with the latest in FLSA headlines – to firefighters everywhere.

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UK Fire Officer On Trial For Sexual Contact With Subordinate

For those of you who write in asking whether the American fire service is totally out of control, comes a story from overseas…. to confirm the proverbial saying – same circus different clowns…. A fire officer in Wales is accused of playing “tit cricket” with a female subordinate.

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EMS Shooting War in Texas

An EMS provider in Texas has filed suit against a competitor accusing it of vandalizing its ambulances by shooting out windows, severing brakes lines, and secretly placing GPS trackers on its vehicles to identify and solicit its customers. The sensational allegations were included in a complaint filed last week by Republic Ambulance against City Ambulance.

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You Tube Ad Leads To 3 Day Suspension

The Orlando district chief who appeared in uniform with a city vehicle in a YouTube ad for a new fishing product has learned his fate: a three-day suspension without pay. District Chief Danny Wilson appeared in the video earlier this year marketing a new product, the Rod Defender.

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Pacemaker Data Admissible in Ohio Arson Prosecution

A judge in Ohio has ruled that medical information from a pacemaker can be used as evidence in a criminal case over the objection patient. The case involves an arson prosecution where the defendant claims he was in bed when the fire started, but a cardiologist’s review of his pacemaker data makes that claim “highly improbable”.

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