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Firefighters working hard to protect homes in Greenville when extreme weather conditions resulted in aggressive fire behavior.

CA College Lecturer Held After String of Arsons Near Dixie Fire

The California professor suspected in a string of arsons near the 500,000-acre Dixie Fire was ordered to remain in jail as a flight risk.
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NY Man Found Not Guilty of Interfering with Firefighters at Rekindle

Prosecutors failed to convince a jury that Wayne Holmes had obstructed Albany firefighters as they tried to put a fire that reignited in his already scorched home.
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Racial Bias Investigation Called for By Black and Latino L.A. Firefighters

Two groups have called for an investigation into what they allege is widespread racial bias in the agency's treatment of employees.
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Do the Optics Tell the Story?

The community is always watching. John K. Murphy on managing a fire department's reputation while working in the spotlight.
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Police Investigate Hidden Camera in Women’s Dressing Room of IN Fire Station

Indiana State Police detectives have launched a criminal investigation after a hidden recording device was found in locker room used by female firefighters at a South Bend fire station last week.

CA Fire Agency’s First Female Pilot Cites ‘Boys Club Mentality’ in Discrimination Suit

Helicopter pilot Desiree Horton suing the OCFA for sexual discrimination and seeking to end what she and her attorneys call a "boys club mentality."
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Podcast: Fire Service Court

The panel of firefighter-attorneys—Chip Comstock, John K. Murphy, Brad Pinsky, and Curt Varone—looks at emerging legal issues facing fire departments
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Facing the New Normal

John K. Murphy reviews some of the challenges facing the fire service as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Jury Rules Kansas City (KS) Government Discriminated Against Black Firefighter, Awards Him $2.4M

A federal jury found that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, discriminated against a Black firefighter and then retaliated against him when it fired him for raising complaints.

NTSB: Pilot Error Likely Caused Vintage Bomber’s Fatal Crash in CT

Pilot error probably caused the 2019 crash of a World War II-era bomber in Connecticut that killed seven people and wounded six others, the National Transportation Safety Board said.