2019 Executive Fire Officer of the Year – Percy Sayles, Tamarac Fire Rescue This award honors Tamarac Fire Officer Chief Percy Sayles who has made significant and valuable contributions to the Executive Fire Officers Section and who demonstrates ongoing leadership and commitment to the fire service, as an example to his professional and his department …

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Davie, Fla., – Davie Fire Rescue Chief Julie Downey recently received the 2019 Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Career Fire Chief of the Year award. Chief Downey was presented with the award at the SE Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference on Thursday, July 18, 2019, In Tennessee.

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Fire Rescue Articles

NY Captain Denied Promotion Due to Medical Emergency Sues Claiming Race and Disability Discrimination

An African American fire captain with the Albany Fire Department whose promotion to battalion chief was rescinded after he suffered an off-duty medical emergency, has filed suit alleging race discrimination and disability discrimination.

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Former Firefighter Arrested for Burglarizing Former Firehouse

A former Texas firefighter who was sentenced to ten years in prison for arson, has been charged with burglarizing his former firehouse months after his release on parole. Kyle Harmon was arrested yesterday after he was observed on security video entering the Cameron Gardens firehouse on two occasions and taking fuel.

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Disabled Georgia Fire Lieutenant Claims City Wrongfully Changed Pension Laws To Limit Her Benefits

A Georgia fire lieutenant who was injured in the line of duty, has filed suit claiming her employer defrauded her out of disability pension benefits by changing the rules after she was injured. Lieutenant Bridgit Christensen filed suit against the City of Decatur in federal court.

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Fire Law Vlog: FLSA Overtime for Firefighters Assigned to EMS Units

In this edition of Fire Law Vlog, Curt and Bill Maccarone discuss a recent decision out of Texas holding that firefighters at DFW assigned to EMS do not qualify for the 207k exemption. Why is that a big deal? Because without the 207k exemption they are entitled to overtime after 40 hours per week, not 212 hours in 28 days!

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