Tag Archives: SCBA

Court Rules FDNY Must Accommodate Facial Hair Despite OSHA

A federal judge has ruled that FDNY must reinstate an accommodation granted to African American firefighters suffering from Pseudofolliculitis Barbae that permits facial hair in the chin, cheek and neck area provided it does not cause leakage around the mask's seal. The firefighters filed suit in 2018 alleging race and disability discrimination.

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Judge Denies TRO To Atlantic City Firefighter Over Religious Beard

A US District Court judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the Atlantic City Fire Department to block disciplinary proceedings against a firefighter who has refused to shave his beard due to his religious beliefs. Alexander Smith filed suit claiming the fire department’s rules prohibiting beards discriminates against him on account of his religion.

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Burning Question on the Use of Older SCBA

Today’s burning question: Given the newer NFPA/OSHA standards for our SCBAs, there's a glut of the older 'non-compliant' SCBAs for sale, Can they be used without liability issues? Answer: Asking the dreaded “liability” question virtually guarantees the answer that an attorney will give: no, they cannot be used without liability issues! Could a person give a starving man food without liability issues? Of course not!!!!

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Hartford Fire Cited by Conn OSHA

The Hartford Fire Department has been cited by Conn OSHA for five serious violations in connection with the October 7, 2014 line of duty death of FF Kevin Bell. Bell died at a house fire that seriously injured a second firefighter, Jason Martinez. Martinez leapt from the second floor to escape rapidly developing fire conditions.

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Firefighter Sues SCBA Manufacturer for $600k

A firefighter from Eugene, Oregon who was injured during a training exercise in 2012 is suing an SCBA manufacturer and a local vendor. David Pickett, 35, was injured on December 19, 2012 when an MSA Firehawk M7 SCBA malfunctioned causing an explosion that he claims seriously damaged his hearing.

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