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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

San Francisco Judge Tosses Ex-Firefighter's DUI Rig Accident Case

A San Francisco judge on Friday tossed out the case against a former city firefighter accused of driving drunk when h...

Akron Firefighter Wins $251,000 in Back Pay

Akron firefighter Timothy Semelsberg was fired for living outside the city in 2006. He won a unanimous verdict in Ohi...

HIV-Positive San Francisco Firefighter Alleges Harassment

A San Francisco firefighter filed a legal claim alleging that colleagues and managers harassed and discriminated agai...

Survivors of Fallen New Jersey Firefighter Denied Benefits for Years

The widow and children of fallen Flanders (NJ) Assistant Chief Tom Shields have been denied survivors benefits for mo...

Congress Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Funding Bill

The House passed H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, bringing an end to a lengt...

Report: Former New York Firefighter Sues Over Loud Sirens

A former firefighter with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is suing several fire apparatus manufacturers claimi...

Cal Fire Scandal Widens

Cal Fire officials said two employees have lost their jobs and 13 others were suspended and demoted over acts discove...

Charlotte (NC) Deputy Chief Retires After Facebook Flap

A Charlotte (NC) deputy chief who posted an image to his private Facebook account that stirred up some controversy re...

Sacramento Metro Reduces Firefighter Pay Following Budget Concerns

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District has reduced firefighter pay, responding to concerns that its personnel cost...

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...

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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

Cal Fire Scandal Widens

Cal Fire officials said two employees have lost their jobs and 13 others were suspended and demoted over acts discovered during a investigation sparked by a homicide, a report says.

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).

Fire Service Traditions & History

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Too Small a Value on Human Lives

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. It was one of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States.

LODD

Memorial Honors Firefighters Killed in West (TX) Explosion

First responders who died in the deadly fertilizer explosion in West were honored at the Texas State Capitol.

Legal

San Francisco Judge Tosses Ex-Firefighter's DUI Rig Accident Case

A San Francisco judge on Friday tossed out the case against a former city firefighter accused of driving drunk when his fire rig struck and badly injured a motorcyclist, ruling that police lacked the legal justification to arrest him.

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

What Would You Do? Four-Story Apartment Building

Check out a new training scenario from Skip Coleman on fire response to a four-story apartment building.

Volunteers Corner

NVFC Launches New Courses to Help Departments with Reputation and Financial Management

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released two new courses in its online Virtual Classroom to help fire departments address two important reputation management topics: Fire Service Ethics and Identifying Fraud in Fire Departments. Both courses are free for a limited time.

 

Grants

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Optimizing Fleet, Reducing Non-Emergency Vehicles

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA) is partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management to optimize its local fleet of light-duty non-emergency vehicles and reduce costs.

 

Top News

NVFC Launches New Courses to Help Departments with Reputation and Financial Management

March 28, 2015 The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released two new courses in its online Virtual Classroom to ...

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