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Rollbacks in Firefighter Pensions

06/12/2012
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

05/16/2012
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?

05/01/2012
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

03/26/2012
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

03/19/2012
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

Washington, D.C. Government Owes Firefighters $47 Million

The D.C. government may soon have to write hefty checks to firefighters who have been denied overtime compensation fo...

IA City Council Fires Nearly All of Its Volunteer Firefighters

The City of Shelby is now left without a fire department. The closest one is now 15 miles away.

Indian Hill Mansion Owners File Multi-Millon Dollar Lawsuit

A local builder whose Indian Hill mansion burned to the ground last January is suing his insurance company for nearly...

Suspect Charged in Pittsburgh Fire

A suspect has been charged in connection with a huge fire that engulfed an entire city block.

Report Calls for Overhaul in LAFD Hiring

A new study calls for the hiring process of firefighters at the Los Angeles Fire Department needing another overhaul.

Complaint Alleges Hartford Fire Chief Urged Colleague to Lie Under Oath

More trouble may be brewing for the Hartford firefighter removed from his post as interim assistant fire chief&n...

Return NFPA Fire Experience Surveys by April 15 for Chance to Win iPad Air

The NFPA, as we do every year, has mailed out a paper version of our Fire Experience survey to each of you.

Michigan Governor Signs Firefighter Cancer Presumption Law

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation designed to benefit firefighters who develop cancer when putting their l...

Three Critical After Sayreville (NJ) House Fire

The home of Paul A. DeSarno, a prominent attorney and former borough councilman and public defender, was destroyed in...

Fire that Gutted NFL Player's House Deemed Suspicious

A witness reported seeing a car speeding away from the exclusive neighborhood where a suspicious fire gutted a mansio...

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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

Atlanta Fire Chief Fired in Wake of Book Controversy

Atlanta (GA) Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been terminated, according to news reports.

Minnesota Police to Serve as Firefighters

The Minnesota city of Lino Lakes is cross-training all 25 of its police officers as firefighters, according to a news report.

FDNY Commissioner Vows to Boost Hiring of Female Firefighters

Activists and lawmakers called for the FDNY to step up its hiring of female firefighters.

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

Toledo Honors Two Fallen Firefighters

The one-year anniversary of Toledo Fire Pvts. James "Jamie" Dickman and Stephen Machcinski's deaths was marked today with a somber public ceremony and a private memorial service.

Legal

Washington, D.C. Government Owes Firefighters $47 Million

The D.C. government may soon have to write hefty checks to firefighters who have been denied overtime compensation for years.

Officer Development

The SPRECTRUM Model of Organizational Change, Part Two

As a fire service leader, one of the most important studies you can undertake is the exploration of organizational change, writes Mark Wallace.

Fireground Management

Indago UAS Proves Firefighting Capability in Australia

In an effort to combat forest fires in Western Australia, Lockheed Martin's Indago small UAS was used to provide intelligence to the Planning and Incident Management team responsible for firefighting operations.

Volunteers Corner

TN Firefighters Gather to Honor Firefighter Who Died of Cancer

Local and statewide emergency workers honored Jonesborough firefighter Sergeant Luke Story, who lost his battle with cancer on January 24. He was 37 years old.

Grants

Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee Announces Partnership

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Award Winners.

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TN Firefighters Gather to Honor Firefighter Who Died of Cancer

January 28, 2015 Local and statewide emergency workers honored Jonesborough firefighter Sergeant Luke Story, who lost his battle with ...

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