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LA Fire Official Fined for State Ethics Laws Violation

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

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

Chicago Aldermen Endorse New Firefighter Contract

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Chicago firefighters would get raises of 11 percent over five years under a proposed contract endorsed Tuesday by the City Council Workforce Development and Audit Committee.

Wilmington (DE) Mayor Vetoes Ordinance Cutting Firefighter Jobs

Sat, Jul 19, 2014

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

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

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

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

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Sheriff's Department: Cocos Fire (CA) Intentionally Set

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

The Cocos Fire that scorched nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed close to 40 homes in San Marcos, was intentionally set, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has announced. 

City to Pay $495k to Seattle Firefighter with Damaged Hearing

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

The City of Seattle has agreed to pay $495,000 to a veteran firefighter whose hearing was permanently damaged when a siren was activated inside a fire station while he was four feet from the engine.

Military-Grade Munitions Found in Rubble of Phoenix Fire

Sat, Jul 5, 2014

What began as a massive lightning-caused fire Thursday night has turned into a criminal investigation after military-grade ordnance was found in the rubble Friday.

San Francisco Public Housing Fire Probe Finds Detectors Dismantled

Fri, Jul 4, 2014

Smoke detectors that failed to sound when a deadly fire erupted in a San Francisco public housing unit in April had been intentionally dismantled and stuffed in a kitchen drawer, according to a private investigation authorized by the San Francisco Housing Authority

Firefighter Training: Neural-Based Learning for Firefighters

Wed, Jul 2, 2014

The Firefighters Support Foundation's (FSF) newest training program is now available. Neural-Based Learning for Firefighters is a unique program, detailing for the first time several techniques based on advanced in neuroscience that can immediately enhance a fire fighters performance under extreme stress.

Howard County Fire and Police Officials Urge Safety on July 4th

Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Howard County fire and police officials are encouraging residents and businesses to keep their celebrations safe and lawful this July 4th holiday.

Pension Ruling Impacts New York City Firefighters

Tue, Jul 1, 2014

New York's highest court overruled lower courts to rule that New York City didn't have to make added pension contributions for the most recently hired cops and firefighters.

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lawyer, Part 2

Mon, Jun 30, 2014

John K. Murphy continues his examination of the laws and regulations of the fire service and what a lawyer may have to do for you in light of any violations.

Legal Minute: More (Legal) Trouble for Fire Departments

Fri, Jun 27, 2014

John K. Murphy returns to discuss in detail more legal issues that commonly affect fire departments in the United States.

Arizona Firefighters Families Sue Over Deaths

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

The families of a dozen Granite Mountain Hotshots are accusing public agencies of negligence in the handling of an Arizona wildfire.

Chainsaw Focus of Fire Investigation Near Foresthill CA

Wed, Jun 25, 2014

Within a few steps of where firefighters doused hot spots from a Wednesday morning fire, a chainsaw with a single glove still sitting on it sat near freshly cut tree branches and a snapped power line.

D.C. Firefighter Tells Investigators He Tried to Get Help for Dying Man

Wed, Jun 25, 2014

A D.C. firefighter, who officials said retired to his bunk to study for a promotional exam instead of helping a dying man outside a fire station in January, told investigators that he tried but failed to get colleagues to intervene.

A Ministry of Presence

Wed, Jun 25, 2014

Thomas N. Warren examines the history and legality of the chaplaincy and its long-standing relationship to the fire service. 

Arsonist Gets 35 Years for Fatal Cleveland Fire

Sat, Jun 21, 2014

Convicted arsonist Antun Lewis, 30, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for setting a house fire that killed nine people, including a woman and eight children.

Chicago Firefighters Approve Contract

Wed, Jun 18, 2014

Chicago firefighters have approved a new five-year contract with the city that includes 11 percent raises, the firefighters' union president said today.

NYS Court Decision May Impact Some Injured and Ill 9/11 Volunteers

Sun, Jun 15, 2014

Last week, the New York State Appellate Division, 3rd Department in Albany NY ruled in the case of   HAZAN v. WTC VOLUNTEER FUND.  The court decided that the New York State Workers Compensation Board had improperly withheld benefits from Jaime Hazan, an unaffiliated World Trade Center Volunteer.

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