Fire Law Roundup for September 26, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for September 26, 2022, Bill Maccarone and Curt discuss an investigation into a San Francisco firefighter who was wearing a “Let’s Go Brandon” shirt on duty; a lemon law case filed by a ...

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Let’s Go Brandon T-Shirt Prompts Investigation in San Francisco Fire Department

A San Francisco firefighter is facing a disciplinary investigation following a social media photo of him wearing a “Let’s Go Brandon” shirt while apparently engaged in fire department activities. The photo was posted on Twitter, and the poster tagged Mayor London Breed, a city supervisor, and the fire department, asking the question “is this the new official uniform for the SFFD?"

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Suit Alleges Lemon Law Violation Over Defective $1.4 Million Aerial Platform

An Illinois fire department has filed suit against Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC, alleging breach of contract, breach of warranty, and violation of the state’s “lemon law” due to problems with a new 105-foot Apollo aerial platform. The Lockport Township Fire Protection District filed suit today in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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$25k Settlement in NY Disability Suit

The city of Tonawanda has agreed to settle the claims of a female firefighter relative to her eligibility for disability benefits and her wrongful termination. Amy Newman was firefighter with the Tonawanda Fire Department. She suffered a shoulder injury in 2018.

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NY Volunteer Alleges Dismissal Violates His Civil Rights

A volunteer firefighter in New York who was dismissed for allegedly missing three consecutive monthly meetings, has filed suit claiming First Amendment, due process and equal protection violations. Keith Davis filed suit in federal court naming the Commack Fire Department, the Commack Fire District, the fire chief, the executive board, and the fire commissioners as defendants.

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Airport Firefighters Seek Injunction to Prevent Retaliation Over IAFF Censure

Nine members of IAFF Local 3217, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Professional Firefighters, have filed suit against the Authority and three chief officers seeking an injunction to prevent retaliation against them for trying to bring to light safety related staffing concerns. The nine firefighters are the elected officers and executive board of the local.

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Fire Law Roundup for September 19, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for September 19, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss the case of a volunteer firefighter in Virginia charged with burning his own vehicle; a Kentucky fire chief charged with stealing from his department; a ...

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Philadelphia Firefighter Claims His Officer Harassed Him After He Suffered a Heart Attack

A Philadelphia firefighter who claims he was harassed and bullied by his officer after returning to duty following a heart attack has filed suit claiming disability discrimination and retaliation. Perry Lawrynkiewicz filed suit in US District Court claiming violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and the City of Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance.

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Kentucky Chief Indicted for Stealing from VFD

A Kentucky fire chief has been indicted for stealing from the fire department. David G. Douglas Jr., the fire chief for Barlow Rural Fire Department, was indicted by a Ballard County grand Jury on a single count of theft by unlawful taking greater than $10,000.

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Former Sacramento Fire Chief Seeks $10 Million for Wrongful Termination

The former fire chief in Sacramento is claiming that his termination earlier this year was the result of retaliation by the city’s mayor. Gary Loesch seeks $10 million because Mayor Howard Chan wrongfully terminated him on May 26, 2022, and intentionally exposed him to COVID in retaliation for having challenged earlier discipline.

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Fire Law Roundup for September 12, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for September 12, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a firefighter who died trying to rescue trapped occupants at a fire in a NY assisted ...

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed in NY LODD

The mother of a New York firefighter who died in an assisted living facility fire in 2021 has filed a wrongful death suit against the facility, its owners, two contractors, and the village where the fire occurred. Lieutenant Jared Calvin Lloyd died on March 23, 2021 at a building fire at the Evergreen Court Home for Adults.

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