Three Westfield Firefighters Reinstated by Civil Service Commission

The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission delivered a stunning rebuke to the City of Westfield criticizing the handling of a disciplinary investigation against three firefighters who were involved in reporting concerns about sexual harassment. In doing so the Commission ordered the reinstatement of Captain Rebecca Boutin, FF Kyle Miltimore, and FF David Kennedy.

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Ohio Chief Indicted For Stealing and Forgery

The former fire chief of a now-defunct fire department in Ohio has been indicted for stealing and forgery. Jason L. Kukwa was named in a two-count indictment handed down by a Tuscarawas County Grand Jury for stealing from the Midvale Fire Department.

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Court Rules Union Did Not Discriminate Against Black Firefighter

The First US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Massachusetts IAFF local that was sued for race discrimination and retaliation by one of its members. Brookline firefighter Gerald Alston filed suit back in 2015 accusing the city, IAFF Local 950 and several individuals of discrimination and retaliation.

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Suit Claims Louisiana Fire Chief Discriminated Against Couple Over Relationship

Two former employees of a Louisiana fire department have filed suit claiming they were discriminated against and forced out of the department over their romantic relationship. Stacie Dellucky and Frank Dellucky filed suit against the St. George Fire Protection District and Fire Chief Gerard Tarleton alleging violation of their First, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

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Wisconsin Fire Officials Charged With Stealing From Department

A chief officer and the secretary - treasurer of a volunteer fire department in Wisconsin have been arrested and charged with stealing from the department. Chief Ryne Jackleyn of the Bagley Volunteer Fire Department has been charged with misdemeanor theft, while secretary – treasurer Jodi Moris was charged with felony theft.

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Latino Firefighter Sues FDNY Alleging Discrimination

A Latino firefighter with FDNY has filed suit alleging discrimination and retaliation on the basis of race, national origin, disability, and military service. Joseph Mendoza filed suit last week in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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Akron Firefighter Suspended For Spraying Activist

An Akron fire lieutenant who sprayed water at a local activist who was filming at a crime scene, has been suspended for 80 hours. The incident occurred on March 27, 2021 as firefighters were washing down a sidewalk where a fatal stabbing occurred.

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Georgia Court Blocks Appoint of Augusta Fire Chief

The Superior Court for Richmond County has blocked the appointment of Antonio Burden as fire chief for the City of Augusta because the city failed to comply with the state’s public records law. The ruling handed down last week resulted from a suit brought by four local media outlets.

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School Department Sues Fire Department for $90 Million

The Toronto District School Board has filed a $90 million lawsuit against the Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Police Services Board claiming their failure to extinguish and properly overhaul a fire in 2019 led to the destruction of the York Memorial Collegiate Institute.

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