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Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Older Volunteer Firefighters

Wed, Apr 15, 2015

The current age limit of a new volunteer firefighter is 45 years old. That could change if Governor Mary Fallin signs House Bill 2005.

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

Tue, Apr 14, 2015

The widow of Stanley Wilson, a Dallas firefighter killed in the line of duty nearly two years ago, announced Tuesday she is demanding an independent investigation into her husband's death and change in policy.

Fallen Dallas Firefighter's Widow to Host Press Conference

Mon, Apr 13, 2015

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

Are Liability Concerns Real?

Mon, Apr 13, 2015

During my travels and discussions with fire service professionals from all over the country, the question of liability occasionally enters the discussion. It usually comes up following some legal issue that seems unusual and detrimental to chief officers and departments.

Lawsuit Charges Indian Hill Couple Misrepresented Fire Claims

Wed, Apr 8, 2015

An insurance company is suing the owners of an Indian Hill mansion that burned down last year, accusing them of hiding details about the fire and exaggerating the value of property lost in the fire

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

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

Federal regulators have filed civil fraud charges against prominent Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton and her investment firms. They are accused of concealing the poor performance of fund assets linked to risky securities.

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

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

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

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

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

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

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

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

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

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

Sat, Mar 21, 2015

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.

Akron Firefighter Wins $251,000 in Back Pay

Thu, Mar 19, 2015

Akron firefighter Timothy Semelsberg was fired for living outside the city in 2006. He won a unanimous verdict in Ohio's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that could lead him to over $250,000 in paychecks the city denied him before a Supreme Court ruled the city's residency requirement illegal

HIV-Positive San Francisco Firefighter Alleges Harassment

Tue, Mar 10, 2015

A San Francisco firefighter filed a legal claim alleging that colleagues and managers harassed and discriminated against him after learning he tested positive for HIV.

Survivors of Fallen New Jersey Firefighter Denied Benefits for Years

Mon, Mar 9, 2015

The widow and children of fallen Flanders (NJ) Assistant Chief Tom Shields have been denied survivors benefits for more than three years, according to news reports.

Congress Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Funding Bill

Wed, Mar 4, 2015

The House passed H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, bringing an end to a lengthy battle between Congress and the White House that threatened to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.

Report: Former New York Firefighter Sues Over Loud Sirens

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

A former firefighter with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is suing several fire apparatus manufacturers claiming to have suffered hearing loss due to loud sirens, according to a news report.

Cal Fire Scandal Widens

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

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.

Charlotte (NC) Deputy Chief Retires After Facebook Flap

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

A Charlotte (NC) deputy chief who posted an image to his private Facebook account that stirred up some controversy retired Friday, according to news accounts.

Sacramento Metro Reduces Firefighter Pay Following Budget Concerns

Sat, Feb 28, 2015

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District has reduced firefighter pay, responding to concerns that its personnel costs were causing budget shortfalls

Lawyer for Fired North Carolina Firefighter: Department's Punishments Need to be Consistent

Tue, Feb 24, 2015

The attorney for a Charlotte firefighter who was fired over a Facebook posting says the city is being inconsistent by not firing a Deputy Fire Chief for a similar offense

Fire Apparatus Driving: Drive to Survive: It Starts at the Top

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Chris Daly-Are you ready to answer the difficult questions regarding the status and attitude of your driver training progam? Safe driving habits start at the top.

Children Die in Canada Fire; No Firefighters Respond

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Two children were killed in an overnight house fire in Canada to which firefighters did not respond, news reports say.

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