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RI Local Again Forced to Sue Town For Relief From Anti-Union Discipline

9 hours 25 minutes ago
A Rhode Island IAFF union president who is facing termination for threatening his fire chief with a vote of no confidence, has filed suit claiming his termination constitutes retaliation for his union advocacy, his whistleblower activities, and for exercising his protected free speech rights. Captain David M. McGovern, currently the Acting Union President of Tiverton Firefighters IAFF Local 1703, filed suit in US District Court.
Curt Varone

EMS Crew in Trouble Over Callous Treatment of Patient

1 day 10 hours ago
An EMS crew from Catskill, New York is facing an investigation following the release of a video showing their treatment of a patient. The crew rather callously refused to carry the man to the EMS vehicle, allowing him to fall in the ambulance between the stretcher and the bench seat.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for May 20, 2024

1 day 15 hours ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for May 20, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss a suit filed by 4 FDNY firefighters who claim that a policy of placing units out of service for their annual medical exams led to a delay in attacking the fire that resulted in their serious injuries; hostile work environment ...
Curt Varone

Injured FDNY Firefighters Sue City for $80 Million

2 days 9 hours ago
Four FDNY firefighters who were seriously injured last year, have filed suit against the city claiming that a policy of placing units out of service for their annual medical exams led to a delay in attacking the fire that resulted in their injuries. The firefighters are seeking $80 million in damages.
Curt Varone

NC Firefighters Allege Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation

5 days 9 hours ago
Two North Carolina firefighters have filed suit claiming they were the victims of a hostile work environment, age discrimination, and retaliation after they complained. Thomas Rumley and Robert Patterson filed separate suits against the City of Graham, Fire Chief Tommy Cole, Captain Jason Moore and City Manager Megan Garner.
Curt Varone

California Fire Department Sued Over PCBs in Waste Oil

6 days 11 hours ago
The San Bernardino County Fire Department is being sued by an environmental contractor over the presence of PCBs in the department’s waste oil. The suit was brought in San Bernardino County Superior Court by Asbury Environmental Services doing business as World Oil Environmental Services.
Curt Varone

Georgia Chief Speaks Publicly About his Wrongful Termination

1 week ago
A Georgia fire chief who was terminated last month for allegedly bullying and disrespecting city officials, is claiming that he was actually fired for speaking up about staffing and budgeting concerns. Former Tybee Island Fire Chief Ronald Kendrick spoke with WJCL 22 News, denying the city’s stated reasons for his removal.
Curt Varone

Jury Awards $250k to Nashville Deputy Fire Marshal

1 week 1 day ago
The City of Nashville has been ordered by a federal court jury to pay a deputy fire marshal $250,000 plus attorneys fees. Maggie Lawrence claimed she was the victim of gender, race and age discrimination when she was passed over for promotion to fire marshal in 2022.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for May 13, 2024

1 week 1 day ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for May 13, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss an Ohio lawsuit  alleging gender, disability and pregnancy discrimination following the denial of a light-duty assignment;  a criminal case from Canada resulting from an altercation precipitated by an argument over washing-dishes; a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit in Virginia filed ...
Curt Varone

Lynchburg Prevails in Gender Discrimination Suit

1 week 6 days ago
The Lynchburg Fire Department has prevailed in a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a former female firefighter. Master Firefighter Mary Lynn Shumate brought the suit claiming that she was demoted in 2022 in retaliation for filing a complaint alleging a hostile work environment and bullying.
Curt Varone

Mass Firefighter Sentenced for Secretly Recording Female Firefighters

2 weeks ago
A former Massachusetts firefighter who secretly video recorded female colleagues in the firehouse, has been sentenced to eight months in prison followed by two years of probation. Nicholas Tillman, 39, pled guilty to seven counts related to the 2022 discovery of cameras in an Easthampton Fire Department firehouse.
Curt Varone

Washington Appeals Court Rejects Retroactivity of 2018 PTSD Comp Law

2 weeks 1 day ago
The Washington Court of Appeals has ruled against a former firefighter who was seeking workers compensation benefits for PTSD. Frank Shaw served as a firefighter-paramedic from 1989 to 2007 with Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue, an entity that ultimately became Kittitas County Fire and Rescue.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for May 6, 2024

2 weeks 1 day ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for May 6, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss a suit filed by the families of three Baltimore firefighters killed in a building fire; a pink collar theft case in Pennsylvania; a civil action filed against a volunteer fire department and several firefighters alleging they conspired with police to ...
Curt Varone

Burning Question: Can a Complainant Investigate a Disciplinary Infraction?

2 weeks 5 days ago
Today’s burning question: In a disciplinary investigation, can the lead investigator be the complainant on a case? I was under the impression that the investigator should not also be the complainant. Answer: The general rule is that neither the victim nor the complainant to an alleged disciplinary infraction should be assigned to investigate a disciplinary complaint.
Curt Varone

LODD Families Sue Baltimore

2 weeks 6 days ago
The families of three Baltimore firefighters who died in a 2022 building fire have filed suit claiming the city’s failure to catalog and mark structurally compromised buildings caused their deaths. Lieutenant Paul Butrim, FF Kenneth Lacayo, and FF Kelsey Sadler were killed, and FF John McMaster was seriously injured in the January 24, 2022.
Curt Varone

Pink Collar Theft in Pennsylvania VFD

3 weeks ago
The treasurer of a volunteer fire department in Pennsylvania is facing criminal charges for stealing over $90,000 from the department. Patricia Susan Tuttle, 41, has been charged with forgery and theft by unlawful taking following a lengthy investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Curt Varone

Suit Against FD Alleges False Arrest and Conspiracy

3 weeks 1 day ago
A lawsuit accusing a volunteer fire department, two firefighters, three police officers, and two law enforcement agencies with assault, battery, false arrest, conspiracy, and a host of civil rights violations, has been removed to the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Steven Makowsky filed suit earlier this year in Nassau County Supreme Court.
Curt Varone
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