NY Troopers’ Union Complains About Patrol Car Mileage

ALBANY, NY – The union representing state troopers has filed a complaint saying many patrol vehicles have too much mileage to be safe. The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association says 45 percent of roughly 1,300 patrol vehicles in use statewide have traveled more than 100,000 miles. According to the union, significant breakdowns have occurred, including bearing failure and axle shaft fracture while driven. Union President Tom Mungeer…

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Cleveland Firefighters Renew Request For Bulletproof Vests Ahead Of RNC

CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland firefighters want bulletproof vests and they want them in time for the city to be in the spotlight, the Fox 8 I-Team has learned. The firefighters want the vests for when Cleveland hosts the 2016 Republican National Convention. “We will get a call that comes in shots fired, assailant status unknown,” said Frank Szabo, president of the firefighters union. “They will dispatch a fire truck…

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East Cleveland’s Firefighting Equipment Crumbing

EAST CLEVELAND, OH – Nowadays, firefighters roll out of the East Cleveland Fire Department on a wing and a prayer. East Cleveland firefighter Thomas Buth not mincing words when he says the Department is in “dire straits” with antiquated equipment falling apart and in desperate need of repair. Buth, who is also the president Local 500 Firefighter Union, stood between two fire trucks when he told Channel 3 reporter…

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First Thursday, April 2015

This month’s podcast features an overview of the anti-public safety collective bargaining legislation making its way in various state houses across the country and an important new genetic information discrimination case involving a firefighter. Cases discussed: Firefighter Wins Age Discrimination, GINA Claims, Lee v. City of Moraine Fire Department, 2015 WL 914440 (S.D. Ohio 2015) Firefighter Loses ADA Case Because Discrimination Occurred Before Change In Law, Kennedy v. Gray,…

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Los Angeles Sheriff Curbs Deputy In-Car Computer Use A Year After Tragedy

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA – In an effort to reduce distracted driving, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials have implemented a new policy that significantly curbs the use of in-car computers, authorities said. The policy, which was formalized late last month, contains the department’s first explicit restrictions on such devices and comes a little more than a year after sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood fatally struck cyclist Milton Olin Jr. on…

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Fire Department Targeted In Drive-By Shooting

JACKSONVILLE, FL – A Jacksonville firefighter was wounded Tuesday evening during an apparent drive-by shooting when someone opened fire at a fire truck refueling outside a firehouse on the city’s Southside. At some point, firefighters were pumping gas outside Station 28 near Southside Boulevard and Hogan Road when someone driving by apparently opened fire, Randy Wyse, president of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, told FCN in a phone interview….

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