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Rollbacks in Firefighter Pensions

Tue Jun 12 16:32:00 CDT 2012
In past blogs, I have warned that Cities, Towns and other governmental entities have set their sights on firefighter’s pensions and other public pension retirement benefits to include among the other egregious actions of reducing the numbers of f...

Legal Fire Prevention - Social Media Policy

Wed May 16 17:34:00 CDT 2012
With the recent spate of demotions, terminations and litigation related to the use of social media to post your likes, dislikes, ranting and ravings under an assumption that your First Amendment protections apply to you, here is another thought. They d...

The Fire Service Crucible – are we prepared to withstand the heat in order to survive?

Tue May 01 14:09:00 CDT 2012
According to Wikipedia, a crucible is a container that can withstand very high temperatures and is used for metal, glass and pigment production as well as a number of modern laboratory processes. While crucibles historically were usually made from clay...

Pesky Legal Fires that Keep on Burning

Mon Mar 26 20:28:00 CDT 2012
I’m the little voice in your head (otherwise known as your conscience) that keeps reminding you that you should not do this or that because it is: wrong, illegal, immoral or fattening. I am taking this opportunity to remind you of the pesky legal...

PAIN IS WEAKNESS LEAVING THE BODY

Mon Mar 19 09:09:00 CDT 2012
For you Marines in the reading audience, you can relate to the days of boot camp and the Drill Instructor in your face yelling at you when you are on your last legs, fatigued beyond your imagination and you were about to drop:  to motivate you to ...

Legal Issue Articles

Lawyer for Fired North Carolina Firefighter: Department's Punishments Need to be Consistent

The attorney for a Charlotte firefighter who was fired over a Facebook posting says the city is being inconsistent by...

Fire Apparatus Driving: Drive to Survive: It Starts at the Top

Chris Daly-Are you ready to answer the difficult questions regarding the status and attitude of your driver training ...

Children Die in Canada Fire; No Firefighters Respond

Two children were killed in an overnight house fire in Canada to which firefighters did not respond, news reports say.

Protests, Violence, Terrorism, and Firefighting

Recently, two police officers in New York City were assassinated in their patrol car by a disturbed individual who, a...

New York Firefighter Wins $11 Million in Lawsuit

A Madison County jury has awarded $11 million to an Oneida firefighter who blamed a failure of his gear for severe in...

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Files Federal Lawsuit Against Mayor

New York Firefighter Lawsuit Charges Locator Alarm's Failure Caused Injuries

A Central New York firefighter is charging in a lawsuit that a locator alarm on his breathing apparatus failed when h...

Florida Falls Behind 34 States in Firefighter Cancer Law

In 34 U.S. states, there is a law presuming that if a firefighter gets cancer, it was likely caused by the job. Each ...

New York Firefighter Sues Over Claims About Leaked Drug Test Results

A New York City firefighter is suing over allegations that a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) chief leaked results ...

Second Lawsuit Filed in New Jersey Apartment Building Fire

A second lawsuit was filed Thursday against the owners of an apartment building that burned to the ground last week, ...

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Legal Minute: Fire Inspections

Why do we perform fire inspections? Retired deputy fire chief and attorney John K. Murphy discusses the legal aspects of conducting fire inspections.

Legal Minute: Issues That Get Fire Departments in Trouble

Attorney and former deputy chief John K. Murphy discusses some of the legal issues that seem to plague fire departments across the United States.

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Stepping Up

Stepping Up: So Why Are We Doing This?

Taking a moment to let your firefighters know the learning objectives of a particular training session can help them focus on its purpose, Ron Hiraki writes.

POLITICS & POLICIES

Report Looks at Disability Retirements Among Women in FDNY

A report from the New York Post says 70 percent of female firefighters with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) have retired from the department on three-quarters disability pensions, claiming injuries on the job.

New York Firefighter Fired for 'Merit Matters' T-Shirts

A Brooklyn (NY) firefighter who got in trouble for wearing "Merit Matters" T-shirts has been fire from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

New York Firefighter Sues Over Claims About Leaked Drug Test Results

A New York City firefighter is suing over allegations that a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) chief leaked results of the firefighter's failed drug test to the press.

Fire Service Traditions & History

Humpday Hangout: Who Are the F.O.O.L.S.?

In this week's Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and Mike Dugan of the FDNY talk to Rob Fisher and Rusty Ricker and the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S.) International.

LODD

Hartford Firefighter Killed in Fire Died from Asphyxia

The cause of death for a Hartford firefighter killed in the line of duty last year has been released

Legal

Lawyer for Fired North Carolina Firefighter: Department's Punishments Need to be Consistent

The attorney for a Charlotte firefighter who was fired over a Facebook posting says the city is being inconsistent by not firing a Deputy Fire Chief for a similar offense

Officer Development

Stepping Up: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Even when corrective action is initiated in a professional manner, subordinates may be embarrassed or angry, sometimes for a long time, writes Ron Hiraki.

Fireground Management

Attempt to Thaw Pipes Blamed in Buffalo Fire

Fire officials told reporters that a residents attempt to thaw pipes with an open flame led to a recent Buffalo (NY) structure fire.

Volunteers Corner

Pennsylvania Firefighter Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

A 48-year-old Pennsylvania firefighter passed away after suffering a heart attack on the fireground last year.

Grants

CFSI Announces New Co-Sponsor of the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award

The Congressional Fire Services Institute has announced a new co-sponsor of the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. 

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Hartford Firefighter Killed in Fire Died from Asphyxia

February 26, 2015

The cause of death for a Hartford firefighter killed in the line of duty last year has been released

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