The labor issues topic brings together a range of relevant news, articles and resources for firefighters and departments. Check out developments from the IAFF and the IAFC, as well as the latest legal and budgetary issues facing departments.
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FDNY reaffirms commitment to diversity with new policy–
“Anyone with the talent, tenacity and valor to serve in the FDNY should have the opportunity to do so,” said NY Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Calif. turns to civilians as inmate firefighters dwindle–
The California Conservation Corps reopened a camp to train three crews of young civilians to do the same work as the inmates
Va. fire dept. reverses decision on Confederate flag patch–
The department's president, who resigned before the vote, said he wanted the old patch to go back to what they had when he joined 18 years ago
Fired Ga. firefighters prompt light-duty policy shift–
Officials said the firefighters injured in a ladder truck training exercise were likely never going to return to active duty
DC fire chief responds to medical director's scathing resignation–
City officials stand with the fire chief and the pace of reforms to training, staffing and bringing in private ambulances
Calif. may allow inmate firefighters with violent pasts–
Corrections department: "All it does is enlarge the pool of inmates we look at.... We still are not going to put an inmate in camp that has a violent attitude."
Firefighters get HIPAA wrong with 'citizen journalists'–
In two separate incidents, medical and fire personnel order civilians to stop filming a patient in a public place
Detroit EMT refuses to respond to infant in cardiac arrest–
The EMT told her boss in an internal investigation 'I'm not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR.'
Fire chief defends no response to fire that killed 2 toddlers–
While unknown whether firefighters could have prevented the children's deaths, the tragedy highlights gaps in fire protection on reserves
Investigation reveals questionable behavior by fire chief–
Chief Paul Labbadia is seen leaving work to go play golf, drinking during the day and smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel
Mold, air-quality issues at Fla. fire stations part of labor dispute–
City officials say they've spent millions of dollars building and improving fire stations in recent years
Memphis firefighters call in sick to protest cuts–
The number of firefighters out sick jumped to 65; the department later instituted a brownout of four ladder trucks around the city
Iowa fire chief on hunger strike for new firehouse–
Fire Chief Kirk Kelley says he is on a hunger strike until nearly $500,000 is raised to fund a new firehouse for his department
Mo. board: Reinstate firefighters suspended over campaign photo–
They said the five firefighters should be given back pay and benefits and have the incident removed from their personnel file
Austin settles hiring suit, sets aside slots for minorities–
They approved a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over alleged discrimination against African-American and Hispanic firefighter job hopefuls
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