Fire Law Roundup – December 6, 2021

This session of Fire Law Vlog is the introduction of what we hope will be a new vehicle for educating those concerned with leadership and legal issues in the fire service. Curt and Brad Pinsky discuss the fire law headlines ...

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Texas Suit Alleges Negligence and Wrongful Death

The widow of a Texas man who died after a stretcher-related injury in 2019 has filed suit against a fire department, six firefighter-EMTs, a local hospital and an ER doctor. Jacqueline Veals filed suit yesterday in Dallas County District Court in her capacity as personal representative for Fred Douglas Veal, Jr.

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Garrity and Threats to Increase Punishment

Today’s burning question: Last week one of our drivers was written up. When the employee in question went before the Chief and asked to appeal the disciplinary action, he was threatened with a harsher discipline if he chose to move forward with his appeal. Is there a chance this violated the employee’s Garrity rights?

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FDNY Firefighters Sue Over COVID Vaccine Suspensions

Fifty firefighters with FDNY who were placed on leave without pay on November 1, 2021 because they had not been vaccinated for COVID19, have filed suit in US District Court alleging a violation of their due process rights. The suit was filed yesterday naming the city and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro as defendants.

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