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Firefighter Social Media Toll Continues to Rise

The toll that social media posts are taking on the fire service continues to mount this week. Last week, Dave Statter listed 10 cases that hit the news, several involving chief officers. The trend continues. In New York, Hillcrest Fire Chief Rick Larson is facing a backlash following a post that discussed following rioters home and burning their properties...

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Florida Fire District Sued For Viewpoint Discrimination

A Florida man has filed suit against a fire district claiming that his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when the department’s public information officer blocked him from the department’s Facebook page. Randy Scott filed against the Lehigh Acres Fire Control And Rescue District and PIO Katie Heck suit this week.

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Atlanta Expose Into EMS Dark Humor Facebook Groups

An Atlanta area television station has been investigating EMS personnel sharing images and information protected by medical confidentiality laws in social media. Channel 11’s investigation into former Grady Hospital paramedic Amanda Courtright has widened to other EMS services around the country.

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Texas Firefighter Terminated Over Facebook Post

A Texas firefighter who posted remarks on Facebook that supported the sport shooting Latinos crossing the border has been terminated from two fire departments that he served with. The Westfield Fire Department and the Bellaire Fire Department fired firefighter Chris Bush following his post last week.

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Nevada Firefighter Union Sued By Mayoral Candidate

A Nevada man who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of the town of Fernley has filed suit against a firefighters’ union that he claims defamed him during the campaign. Ryan Hanan filed suit last month accusing IAFF Local 4547, North Lyon County Firefighters Association, of defaming him on Facebook by posting false statements about his service as a firefighter.

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Suspension of NY Firefighter For Facebook Post Prompts $500k Federal Suit

A volunteer firefighter who was suspended over a Facebook post earlier this year, has filed suit against the city, the fire chief, and others involved in his suspension. James Squicciarini alleges that his Constitutional rights were violated when the Amityville Volunteer Fire Department suspended him over a photo he posted on Facebook.

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Detroit Captain Reinstated by Arbitrator

A Detroit Fire Department captain who was terminated last summer after a series of racist posts, has been reinstated by an arbitrator. Captain Tim Goodman was suspended and later terminated over Facebook posts that were characterized as “xenophobic and racist” by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Michigan.

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Pennsylvania Fire Company and IAFF Local Sued In Federal Court

A female firefighter employed by a volunteer fire company who was fired earlier this year over a Facebook post, has filed suit against the department and the firefighters’ union claiming her termination was retaliation, gender discrimination and a breach of the union’s duty of fair representation.

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