California Utility Settles With US Forest Service for $80 Million
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by Curt Varone
17h ago
Southern California Edison has agreed to pay the US Forest Service $80 million in damages to settle a suit related to the Thomas Fire. The fire burned more than 280,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in 2017, including roughly 150,000 acres of national forests ..read more
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Arbitrator Reinstates California Firefighters
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by Curt Varone
2d ago
Two Rialto, California firefighters who were terminated in the aftermath of a high-profile EMS incident in 2021, have been reinstated by an arbitrator. Captain Josh Gilliam, Firefighter-Paramedic Matt Payne, and Engineer Mark Brady were accused of wrongfully refusing to enter the Rialto Post Acute Care Center on November 17, 2021 due to COVID related concerns ..read more
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Fire Law Roundup for February 26, 2024
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by Curt Varone
2d ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for February 26, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss the termination of a Tampa firefighter for falsifying EMS training records; a negligence suit brought by a fire captain in Washington state for injuries sustained at a structure fire; a wrongful death suit against St. Louis over a delayed medic ..read more
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Washington Captain Sues City for Injuries Sustained at Structure Fire
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by Curt Varone
6d ago
A Washington fire captain and his spouse have filed suit against his department claiming the injuries he suffered at a building fire, were the result of the city’s negligence. Vancouver Captain Gregory Weber was injured on February 22, 2021 when a ceiling collapsed on him ..read more
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Wrongful Death Suit Blames Delayed Response of St. Louis Medic Unit
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by Curt Varone
1w ago
The City of St. Louis and two fire department EMTs are facing a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the sister of a man who died in 2021. Sharon LaRue claims that St. Louis Fire Department Medic 32 was dispatched for her brother, who has been struck by a vehicle. She further claims that Medic 32 stopped after being struck by a rock ..read more
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Ohio VFD Found in Contempt of Court for Failing to Produce Public Records
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by Curt Varone
1w ago
An Ohio magistrate has recommended that a volunteer fire department be held in contempt for failing to comply with a court order to produce certain financial records as part of a public records request. The Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department had previously been ordered to produce those records as part of a public records suit filed by Christine Lea Lerussi ..read more
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Fire Law Roundup for February 19, 2024
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by Curt Varone
1w ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for February 19, 2024, Curt discusses a lawsuit brought by the estate of a man who died after being tackled and restrained by a Colorado medic; proposed changes to OSHA’s Fire Brigade Standard; a wrongful arrest and prosecution suit brought by a Connecticut firefighter who faced digital imager ..read more
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Colorado Medic and Police Officer Sued Over Death of Suicidal Man
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by Curt Varone
1w ago
The estate of a man who died while in police custody after suffering from a mental health emergency, has filed suit against a police officer and a fire department medic who restrained him. Kevin Dizmang died on November 15, 2022 after a failed intervention by the Colorado Springs Police Department Crisis Response Unit ..read more
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OSHA Unveils Major Changes it Proposes for the Fire Service
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by Curt Varone
1w ago
The OSHA has unveiled a proposed update to 29 CFR 1910.156, the Fire Brigade Standard, and is seeking input from the public. Enacted in 1980 and not updated since, the Fire Brigade Standard has had a rather minimal impact on the fire service up to this point ..read more
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Connecticut PIO Sues Police for False Arrest and Malicious Prosecution
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by Curt Varone
2w ago
The Connecticut PIO who has charged with violating Joshua’s law on photo-taking by first responders, has filed suit against a police lieutenant, a Connecticut State Trooper and the Town of Montville alleging false arrest, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil rights violation actionable through 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ..read more
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