Fire Law Roundup for June 24, 2024

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 24, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss a New York EMT sentenced for falsifying a court transcript; the dismissal of a contentious conspiracy case out of the Latrobe, PA Fire Department; a ...

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NY EMT and Commissioner Sentenced

A former EMT and fire commissioner with the Woodmere Fire District was sentenced one-year in jail for falsifying a court transcript related to the dismissal of criminal charges against him for something that occurred while he was responding to an elevator emergency.

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Court Dismisses Pennsylvania Firefighter’s Conspiracy Suit

A contentious lawsuit brought by a former member of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department, has been dismissed. Robert Forish sued the fire department, the fire chief, the fire company president, and a county police detective claiming they conspired to pursue criminal charges against him in 2021 without probable cause.

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Ninth Circuit Reinstates Spokane Vaccine Case Back to District Court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit brought by Spokane firefighters who sought an exemption from the COVID19 vaccine mandate on religious grounds, and remanded the case back to the district court. The district court dismissed the case back in 2022 ruling that the city’s enforcement of Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate was valid.

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Fire Law Roundup for June 17, 2024

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 17, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss the case of a San Francisco firefighter who was viciously assaulted by a colleague prompting criminal charges, discipline and a civil suit; a lawsuit filed ...

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San Francisco Assault Case Back in the News

The vicious assault of a San Francisco firefighter by a colleague is back in the headlines as a Bay Areas news affiliate is asking why was the victim forced out of the department, and the perpetrator is still on the payroll.

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Oregon Lieutenant Claims Whistleblower Retaliation

A lieutenant with the Umatilla County Fire District #1 claims that he was forced to resign in retaliation for his having reported inaccuracies in information related to the SAFER grant program. Jeremy Gillette resigned on July 13, 2023 after being threatened with termination and the loss of his state credentials.

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Conviction of Delaware Deputy Chief Upheld

The conviction of a former Delaware deputy chief on charges that he engaged in sexual activities with an under-age junior firefighter has been upheld by the New Castle County Superior Court. Dwayne Pearson sought to have his conviction overturned because the charges were unconstitutionally vague, or alternatively that he was not in a position of trust, authority or supervision.

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Mass Civil Service Upholds Discipline of Springfield Lieutenant

The Mass Civil Service Commission has upheld the discipline against a Springfield fire lieutenant for attempting to use the department’s disciplinary system to “target” another lieutenant with whom he had a disciplinary history. The case points to the need for fire departments to have a well drafted discipline policy.

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Fire Law Roundup for June 10, 2024

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 10, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss a NY firefighter charged with burglarizing the homes of EMS patients while they were in the hospital, an on-duty Missouri firefighter who was caught in ...

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