Fire EMS, Firefighting, Legal

NM Fire Department Fires Paramedic, Is Sued

The Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department is facing a lawsuit after firing a paramedic who was involved in a string of alleged incidents both on and off the job.

Brad Tate, 36, mounted a legal challenge to join the department more than a decade ago, contending he had been discriminated against because he is African-American, according to a report from the Albuquerque Journal (

Now Tate and two other fire department employees have filed a lawsuit alleging that they have been treated differently from other non-minorities.

Tate was terminated after another Albuquerque Journal report from December that cited records of complaints against him that the newspaper obtained through the state Inspection of Public Records Act. Some incidents that were raised regarding Tate’s behavior included patient complaints about his conduct on 911 calls, inappropriate comments he allegedly made at an Albuquerque grade school, and reportedly knocking another man unconscious during an off-duty altercation, among other occurrences.

Tate is appealing his firing.

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