Tag Archives: assault

Combative Patients and Self-Defense

Today’s burning question: My crew was on an EMS run and the patient took a swing at us. Can we hit him back to defend ourselves? Answer: You can defend yourself, yes. If striking the patient is necessary to defend yourself, then yes you can strike the patient without being liable for battery. However, you cannot strike the patient in retaliation for him swinging or striking you, nor can you strike the patient out of frustration… even if he swung first!!!

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Louisiana Chief Fired For Slapping Butt of Female Firefighter

A Louisiana fire chief has been terminated and is facing criminal charges for slapping a female firefighter on the butt during a fire prevention program at a local school. Fire Chief Michael Arnold of the Eunice Fire Department was terminated earlier this week by the Eunice City Council. The incident reportedly occurred on October 9, 2014.

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Jury Acquits In Seattle Firefighter Memorial Assault Case

The two former Seattle firefighters who were accused of assaulting several homeless men in March have been acquitted by a jury. Robert Howell and Scott Bullene were accused of assaulting several homeless persons who were hanging around the Seattle Fire Department’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial ...

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Pompano Beach YCMTSU

A Pompano Beach firefighter has been charged with felony assault with a firearm after she allegedly shot at a man she invited into her home.

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Off Duty Supervision Challenged in Illinois

Today’s burning question: Can an officer be disciplined for not supervising a firefighter while both are off-duty? For example if some officers were out on the town with some firefighters, and the firefighters start to get a little rowdy, do ...

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FDNY Back in Salty Dog Brawl Suit

Today’s burning question: Can a fire department be held liable for the conduct of a group of off-duty firefighters who get in a bar-room brawl? Answer: Before reading a ruling by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court ...

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Dash Cam Video of South Carolina Police Fire War

The dash-cam video depicting the altercation between two West Chester firefighters and Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood and his deputies has been released. Recall we discussed the details of the incident last month that resulted in West Chester Fire Chief ...

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More Police Fire Wars – South Carolina

There has been yet another police-fire wars incident, this time in South Carolina, and this time two firefighters ended up in jail. That makes three police-fire war cases in the news in the past 2 weeks!!!! Fire Chief Andy Martin, ...

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Dispatch Tapes Released in KC Shooting

The fire dispatch tapes have been released in the shooting death of an off-duty Kansas City firefighter on his wedding night following a dispute over cab fare. Firefighter Anthony Bruno allegedly got into a dispute with a cab driver on ...

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