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Chicago Suspends 16 Firefighters for Falsifying Mileage

Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Another group of Chicago Fire Department personnel has been suspended for falsifying thousands of dollars worth of mileage reimbursement claims, according to a report released by the city's top internal watchdog.

DC Wins Ruling on Changing Firefighters Schedules

Sat, Apr 19, 2014

An arbitration board has ruled that the D.C. fire department can implement a new work schedule with more frequent but shorter shifts, which the chief says will save money and improve services but the union contends will ruin morale and upend the lives of firefighters.

Pennsylvania Bill Would Waive Local Income Tax for Volunteer EMS and Firefighters

Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Jacksonville Responds to Homeland Security over Firefighter Grant Review

Tue, Apr 15, 2014

The City of Jacksonville is responding to the Department of Homeland Security after the federal agency launched a civil rights compliance review of a grant for Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department.

Drone Hindered Ohio Medical Chopper

Tue, Apr 15, 2014

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene.

Pittsburgh Firefighter Union Sues Governor Corbett

Mon, Apr 14, 2014

The union representing the city's firefighters has sued Gov. Tom Corbett, saying he overstepped his authority when he announced the city would stay in the state's program for financially distressed municipalities, also known as Act 47.

Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act Passes Senate as Part of Unemployment Insurance Extension

Mon, Apr 14, 2014

On April 7, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 3979, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, as the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits extension. H.R. 3979 amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) to clarify in statute that volunteer emergency responders are not counted as employees under health care reform.

Cleveland Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Shift Trade Related Charge

Sat, Apr 12, 2014

Calvin Robinson, the last of 13 Cleveland firefighters accused of illegally paying co-workers to cover assigned shifts, pleaded guilty to low-level charges

Teen Charged With Murder in Fatal Coney Island Fire

Sat, Apr 12, 2014

The teenage boy accused of setting the fire that killed a police officer in a Coney Island public housing high-rise has been charged with second-degree murder.

Chat: Fire Service Court at FDIC 2014

Fri, Apr 11, 2014

At FDIC 2014, the firefighter-attorneys of Fire Service Court radio--Chip Comstock, John K. Murphy, Brad Pinsky, and Curt Varone--discuss the legal outlook for firefighting in the year ahead. Watch this space for today's Google Hangout archive.

DuPont Wins Nomex Trademark Infringement Case

Thu, Apr 10, 2014

DuPont announced today that the District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands has ruled against protective garment manufacturer, R.J.N. DALMEIJER BEHEERMAATSCHAPPIJ B.V., which also does business under the name DAPRO SAFETY, and some of its trading partners in a trademark infringement case regarding the DuPont and Nomex trademarks.

Photo May Cost Six Missouri Firefighters Their Jobs

Wed, Apr 9, 2014

A recent picture could cause six University City (MO) firefighters their jobs.

Boston Officials Call for Tougher Permit Laws

Mon, Apr 7, 2014

Officials are calling for tougher laws after two Boston firefighters died in a Back Bay fire that authorities say was accidently sparked by welders who failed to get a permit for work on a neighboring building.

Lone Female in LAFD Class of Firefighter Recruits Resigns

Wed, Apr 2, 2014

The only woman selected for a controversial class of Los Angeles Fire Department recruits has resigned in the latest setback to a decades-long effort to increase the number of women in the department's ranks.

Former San Francisco Firefighter Indicted on DUI Charges in Fire Apparatus Accident

Wed, Apr 2, 2014

A former San Francisco firefighter indicted on DUI charges earlier this week for a 2013 crash between a motorcycle and the fire truck he was driving appeared in San Francisco Superior Court.

Police Arrest Teen in Fire Apparatus Attack that Injured Garfield (NJ) Firefighter

Wed, Apr 2, 2014

A 16-year-old Garfield (NJ) resident was arrested on charges he threw a glass soda bottle at a moving fire truck, nearly blinding a firefighter whose eyes were cut by broken window glass.

Pennsylvania Firefighter, City May Be Liable in Deadly Apparatus Crash

Tue, Apr 1, 2014

A judge ruled that the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a veteran firefighter could be held liable in civil court for fatal injuries suffered by a 60-year-old man in a 2008 crash involving a city fire apparatus.

Trial Set for Woman Connected to Webster (NY) Firefighter Ambush

Sun, Mar 30, 2014

This week, Dawn Nguyen will go on trial in state Supreme Court for the purchase of the firearms used to kill two Webster (NY) firefighters.

Teen Partiers Suspected In Mountain View CA House Fire

Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Police have arrested 14 teens in connection with a two-alarm arson fire at an unoccupied Mountain View home where the suspects allegedly stole a car and hosted multiple drug and alcohol-fueled parties.

Former San Francisco Firefighter Attempts to Prove Cancer was Job Related

Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Denise Elarms battled fires in San Francisco for 12 years, until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Since then, she not only has been fighting for her life - she also has been fighting for a paycheck.

Seven Deadly Sins of Fire Service Leadership, Part 2

Wed, Mar 26, 2014

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

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