Tag Archives: FDNY

FDNY Firefighter Facing Termination for Creating Hostile Work Environment

An FDNY firefighter is facing possible termination over a series of incidents that occurred in 2012 that began with the wearing of uniform look-alike t-shirts that offended minority firefighters. Judge Alessandra Zorgniotti ruled earlier this month that FF Thomas Buttaro, a 17 year veteran assigned to Ladder 123, should be terminated...

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Kayaker Sues FDNY for Injuries

A kayaker who was seriously injured during a rescue effort last spring has filed suit against FDNY. Frank Marino was kayaking in Jamaica Bay last May when he capsized. FDNY responded but the propeller of the boat send to assist Marino struck him...

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FDNY Captain Accused of Hollywood Sexual Assault

A veteran FDNY EMS captain has been charged by police in California with sexual misconduct with two minors. Captain Wilbert Riera, 51, was arrested Friday in New York afternoon on six counts of felony sex assault. The offenses allegedly occurred on September 12, 2014 in Hollywood.

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Suit by FDNY Firefighter Prompts Questions About The Fireman’s Rule

A lawsuit filed by an FDNY firefighter against a homeowner has prompted a rather indignant television news commentary proclaiming: “Did you know there are laws… that allow firefighters to sue you?” Oh my gosh… really??? You mean those scoundrel firefighters could sue JUST LIKE A NORMAL PERSON WHO IS INJURED THROUGH THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANOTHER COULD SUE? How terrible!!!!

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The Digital Age Meets the Duty To Act

Today’s burning question: I was in your class at FDIC 2014 on Duty to Act, which was a real eye-opener. We were discussing it in the station today and one of the paramedics mentioned a smartphone app called PulsePoint, that can notify you if someone nearby is having a heart attack. Doesn’t that raise some duty to act questions?

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Off Duty Supervision Challenged in Illinois

Today’s burning question: Can an officer be disciplined for not supervising a firefighter while both are off-duty? For example if some officers were out on the town with some firefighters, and the firefighters start to get a little rowdy, do ...

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FDNY Back in Salty Dog Brawl Suit

Today’s burning question: Can a fire department be held liable for the conduct of a group of off-duty firefighters who get in a bar-room brawl? Answer: Before reading a ruling by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court ...

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