Legal Issues

FEATURED

The Policy Bank

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...

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

Cleveland Firefighter Found Not Guilty of Lying About Accident with Fire Truck

A Cleveland Municipal Court jury has found a city firefighter not guilty of lying about an accident with a fire truck

Cisco Employees Raise $58,000 for National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) has been presented with a check for $58...

Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Older Volunteer Firefighters

The current age limit of a new volunteer firefighter is 45 years old. That could change if Governor Mary Fallin signs...

Widow of Dallas Firefighter Calls for Change at Dallas Fire-Rescue

The widow of Stanley Wilson, a Dallas firefighter killed in the line of duty nearly two years ago, announced Tuesday ...

Fallen Dallas Firefighter's Widow to Host Press Conference

The widow of Dallas firefighter Stanley Wilson, who was killed in the line of duty, will speak at a news confere...

Are Liability Concerns Real?

During my travels and discussions with fire service professionals from all over the country, the question of liabilit...

Lawsuit Charges Indian Hill Couple Misrepresented Fire Claims

An insurance company is suing the owners of an Indian Hill mansion that burned down last year, accusing them of hidin...

SEC Files Fraud Charges Against American LaFrance Investor Lynn Tilton, Firms

Federal regulators have filed civil fraud charges against prominent Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton and her investm...

Engineering & Manufacturing Services, LLC v. Ashton, et al.

Engineering & Manufacturing Services, LLC (EMS) is an aftermarket sheet metal manufacturer that occupies a large ...

P2 ~ Engineering & Manufacturing Services, LLC v. Ashton, et al.

Engineering & Manufacturing Services, LLC (EMS) is an aftermarket sheet metal manufacturer that occupies a large ...

Photo Gallery

Legal matters

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.

PAUL COMBS CARTOONS

PAUL COMBS: DRAWN BY FIRE

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.

POLITICS & POLICIES

Report: Richmond (VA) Fire Department Hires Censured Deputy Chief

I. David Daniels, who was hired as deputy chief for the Richmond (VA) Fire Department, was censured by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) for safety violations at a previous job, according to a news report.

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.

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

The Tactical Gap

In "The American Fire Service Leadership Pandemic" (Fire Engineering, April 2014, http://bit.ly/1lm6Kyq), the vast crevasse between the need for outstanding leadership in our esteemed profession and our lackluster efforts to meet that need was the focus. Factors contributing to this crevasse include mass attrition, greater public scrutiny and liability, reduced budgets, changes in building construction and fire behavior, and our lack of sophisticated leadership development.

Legal

Cleveland Firefighter Found Not Guilty of Lying About Accident with Fire Truck

A Cleveland Municipal Court jury has found a city firefighter not guilty of lying about an accident with a fire truck

Officer Development

Knowledge and Experience: Becoming the Senior Firefighter

Every day on fire apparatus across this country, senior firefighters are relied on for decision making during incidents. As company officers, apparatus operators, and firefighters, we depend on that experience and decision making to keep us safe.

Fireground Management

Hoseline Selection: 1¾- and 2½-Inch Hoselines

Anthony Rowett Jr. discusses the pros and cons of the two most commonly used hoselines used during operations.

Volunteers Corner

Five Firefighters Hurt After Fire Truck Rolls Over Near Belton (TX)

According to the city of Belton, all five Central Bell County Fire Rescue firefighters injured when their fire truck rolled over in Bell County Friday night were conscious and able to communicate when they were transported to a hospital.

 

Grants

Cisco Employees Raise $58,000 for National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) has been presented with a check for $58,000 from Cisco Systems employees in memory of Cisco employee Vincent Bennett, who passed away suddenly in 2013 - just days before the inaugural NLEAFCF Hero Awards Gala honoring Cisco with the organization's first annual Corporate Hero Award.

Top News

Five Firefighters Hurt After Fire Truck Rolls Over Near Belton (TX)

April 18, 2015 According to the city of Belton, all five Central Bell County Fire Rescue firefighters injured when their fire truck ...

Buyers Guide

Featured Companies


More Buyer's Guide >