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Seven Deadly Sins of Fire Service Leadership, Part 2

In Part 2 of his series, John K. Murphy offers some suggestions on how to avoid leadership sins.


John K. Murphy Legal Blog

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...


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

Cleveland Supervisors Disciplined in Shift-Trading Case

Cleveland Fire Chief Patrick Kelley has announced the results of disciplinary actions taken against 17 Cleveland Divi...

I Found a Gun on My Patient. Now What?

The action should you take if you discover your patient has a gun on their person truly depends on several factors le...

Former Utah Female Firefighter Alleges Sexual Harassment

Detroit Mayor Wins Fight Over DFD Promotional System

The city of Detroit and the union that represents firefighters have reached a tentative agreement to overhaul the fir...

New Orleans (LA) Firefighters in Court to Demand Millions in Back Pay

Attorneys for Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the city firefighters union are expected to square off today in Civil Dis...

LA Fire Official Fined for State Ethics Laws Violation

Tim Thiebau, a Harvey (LA) Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 official, has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for violating stat...

Chicago Aldermen Endorse New Firefighter Contract

Chicago firefighters would get raises of 11 percent over five years under a proposed contract endorsed Tuesday by the...

Wilmington (DE) Mayor Vetoes Ordinance Cutting Firefighter Jobs

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams vetoed an ordinance that would eliminate eight positions in the city's Fire Departme...

Report: Fatal Lowell (MA) Fire was Accidental Electrical Fire

The Lowell apartment building that killed five members of one family and two others was an electrical fire.

Man Gets Probation in Philadelphia Firefighter LODD Case

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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.

Fire Service Team Building

How does one become a great team member? John K. Murphy has some thoughts about how firefighters can contribute to achieving their organization's goals.



More Firefighter Features

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.


Meridian (MS) Firefighters Shot with Taser Gun

Two Meridian (MS) firefighters were shocked by a Taser gun in an incident earlier this month, according to the fire chief.

Los Angeles Mayor Names First Latino Fire Chief

Assistant Chief Ralph M. Terrazas, a Los Angeles native, has been named chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He is the first Latino to hold the position.

Report: More Memphis (TN) Firefighters Calling Out Sick

News reports say that more Memphis (TN) firefighters calling out sick to work recently.

Fire Service Traditions & History

Josiah's Angel Remembers the Fallen of 9/11

A routine firehouse chore inspires a firefighter’s inner artist to pay homage to the FDNY firefighters lost on 9/11.


Cleveland Supervisors Disciplined in Shift-Trading Case

Cleveland Fire Chief Patrick Kelley has announced the results of disciplinary actions taken against 17 Cleveland Division of Fire supervisors for their role in a shift-trading abuse case

Officer Development

Preparing for the Role of Company Officer

How well will you be prepared for the new role that will rapidly become a reality? Know your SOPs and gain as much experience as you can.

Fireground Management

Video: WA's Watermelon Hill Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

The fire has been reduced to 10,518 acres.

Volunteers Corner

IAFC's VCOS and TargetSolutions Announce Winner of 2014 Training Officer Recognition Award

Every year TargetSolutions attends Fire-Rescue International, it is special. The annual conference, scheduled Aug. 13-16 in Dallas, is one of the most important and well-attended events on the fire service's calendar.



FEMA Grants Nearly $210,000 to NY Fire Department

FEMA has approved a $209,562 grant request from the Weedsport (NY) Fire Department.

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