A former Greater Naples Fire Rescue District officer who sued the district and its fire chief last year, alleging she was subjected to years of "repeated sexual harassment" by colleagues, could receive $82,500 from the fire district, according to a draft settlement agreement.
The district's board of commissioners is scheduled to vote on authorizing a payment of $17,500 from its reserves at its Tuesday meeting, according to the meeting's agenda.
The rest of the settlement would be paid out by the district's insurance company, Tara Bishop, the district's deputy director of administration and finance, said in an email.
Naples Daily News
When every second counts, a fire sprinkler system can be a live saver but most homes in North Texas do not have them.
The Texas State Fire Marshal says every home in Texas should have fire sprinklers but state lawmakers have refused to make it a requirement for new homes.
In fact, state lawmakers have made it illegal for Texas cities to mandate sprinklers be installed in all new single-family homes. “The statistics tell the story,” said Texas Fire Marshal Chris Connealy. “No one has died in sprinkler occupancy nowhere in Texas.” In 2008, the International Code Council decided every new American home should have fire sprinklers.
For 20 years, Texas adopted most of the council’s minimum recommendations but not this one.
CBS Dallas Fort Worth
The firefighters’ union is seeking an injunction in state Supreme Court to block the city from a new policy that prohibits firefighters from being called into work when their colleagues call in sick.
The City Council last week decided in executive session to establish a new policy that will not allow firefighters to be brought into work when others call in sick, a move that City Manager Sharon A. Addison admitted violates the union contract. The union promptly filed a grievance.
The city and the union are in the midst of a bitter three-year contract dispute. The new practice of “not backfilling” sick firefighters began Sunday. But attorneys for the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191 filed court papers seeking the injunction on Monday afternoon.
Watertown Daily Times
The Charlottesville Fire Department is in the process of purchasing its first ambulance in more than 50 years.
The addition to the department's fleet will help meet a growing demand to provide around-the-clock medical services in the city.
The last time the CFD had its own ambulance was in the 1950s.
That will soon change as the department is in the process of using leftover money from the purchase of its new ladder truck to buy a new ambulance.
The Charlottesville Fire Department was allotted nearly $1.6 million to purchase its new ladder truck, but only spent $1.42 million.
Charlottesville City Council has approved using the extra money to buy the new ambulance.
It was a routine call for the Springfield Fire Company: a T-bone accident with minor injuries.
In the early afternoon of Nov. 6, six firefighters arrived at the Sproul Road entrance to the Target store at Springfield Mall and met the Blackburn family.
Mother Krista, father Kevin, 5-year-old Isaiah, and 2-year-old Aria, of Kannapolis, N.C., had been in one of the cars. As someone tended to an injury on Krista’s arm, other firefighters sat on the ground with Aria and Isaiah, trying to distract them with toys. “We talk to people every accident,” said Mike Norman, career supervisor for the Springfield Fire Company. “But this one here, it really sunk in.”