LA City Firefighters Sue to Block Vaccine Mandate

A lawsuit filed by a non-profit organization representing 529 Los Angeles city firefighters has filed suit against the city seeking to challenge its vaccine mandate. The mandate adopted August 16, 2021 requires all City employees report their vaccination status to the city by October 19, 2021, and be vaccinated or obtain an exemption by October 20, 2021.

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LA City Captain Burned in Explosion Sues Businesses

A Los Angeles City fire captain who was seriously burned while escaping an explosion at a building involved in the marijuana trade, has filed suit against the property owners and associated businesses. Captain Victor Aguirre and his wife filed suit alleging strict liability for ultrahazardous activities, negligence, premises liability, and punitive damages.

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Miami-Dade Facing Suit By Family of Man Pronounced DOA

The family of a man who died in 2019 has filed suit against Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and three firefighter-paramedics accusing them of negligence and deliberate-indifference arising out of their slow response and failure to initiate medical treatment. Diana Cluff and Jacqueline Beaz filed suit accusing the medics of delaying their response, falsifying reports, and failing to attempt to resuscitate their father, Gustavo Beaz.

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$20 Million Lawsuit Over Ohio Crash Ends in Dismissal

A US District Court judge in Ohio has brought an end to a three-year battle between the mother of a man who died in a 2017 car accident, a township police department, and several area fire departments. LeLonne Tucker filed a $20 million lawsuit alleging that a police chase caused the wreck, and negligence by the fire department resulted in her son’s body going unnoticed in the vehicle for eight hours.

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California Chief Sues Seeking Reinstatement

A California fire chief who was fired last year over public statements he made, has filed suit alleging wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, and violation of his civil rights. Manhattan Beach Fire Chief Daryn Drum was fired by city manager Bruce Moe following two sets of public comments that Moe said “do not reflect our core values as a City.”

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Kentucky Medic Alleges Harassment and Retaliation

A Kentucky medic has filed suit claiming she was forced to resign after she complained about sexual harassment, and that the fire department violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. Jamie Keith filed suit against Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department.

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Oregon Firefighters Sue to Block Vaccine Mandate

A firefighters’ union and a union representing state troopers along with individual members have filed suit against Oregon Governor Katherine Brown and the state alleging the recently announced vaccine mandate is illegal under state and federal law. Kingsley Firefighters Association, Inc. and the Oregon Fraternal Order of Police field suit in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

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Oregon Fire District Settles Retaliation Suit for $250k

A lawsuit filed last year by an Oregon fire district employee following her termination, has been settled for $250,000. Linda Hedlund, an executive assistant with the Banks Fire District 13, filed suit in federal court claiming she was the victim of retaliation for exercising her First Amendment Rights and whistleblowing.

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Cal Fire Sues Utility to Recoup Tenaja Fire Costs

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has filed suit against Southern California Edison to recoup its costs in battling the Tenaja fire in 2019. The fire burned approximately 1,939 acres in Murrieta, California.

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Kentucky Chief Under Investigation Over Blackface Photo

A Kentucky fire chief is under investigation after a 20-year-old photo of him wearing blackface makeup surfaced. The Anderson County Fire District started the investigation following the disclosure of the photo during a contentious disciplinary hearing for a former battalion chief on August 19, 2021.

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Colorado Medics Indicted for Manslaughter

Two paramedics from Aurora Fire Rescue are among five people indicted in the death of Elijah McClain in 2019. Lieutenant Peter Cichuniec, medic Jeremy Cooper, and three police officers were charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide.

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