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What makes you a better Fire Officer - Experience or Education?
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Diversity in the Fire Service - An important discussion

When you examine the cause of litigation in the fire service there is one important fact that we need to address. We sue ourselves internally as opposed to be sued by outside sources with the following statics obtained from Curt Varone’s website.A fire department is 9.1 times more likely to be sued by a subordinate than by our customers: A fire chief is 12 times more likely to be sued by a subordinate than by a customer: A chief officer is 7.6 times more likely to be sued by a…See More
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USERRA – Protecting Firefighters Rights

A recent case in New York involving a police officer, taking 10 years to resolve, revives a sleepy law we do not hear much about called the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).This case (Wright v. City of Jamestown), involved an Army Reserve officer with the Jamestown (NY) police department initially filed his USERRA claim against the department in 2007 after he was denied vacation time and a promotion within the department due to his military…See More
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Opioid Epidemic and the Fire Service

The current opioid epidemic has significantly increased the call volume for departments responding to citizens suffering from drug overdoses. Not a shift goes by without a call to assist someone suffering from an overdose.When I was a street paramedic, we would receive calls from the public to assist individuals overdosing with alcohol, mushrooms, Freon, airplane glue, Benadryl and cough syrup containing dextromethorphan; Percocet, Percodan, Oxycodone, heroin, methadone with patients taking a…See More
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Profile Information

Lives in:
North Bend, Washington
Department:
Eastside Fire & Rescue
Title/rank:
Deputy Fire Chief (Ret.)
Years of public service:
32
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing
Funding
Residental sprinklers
Retention of volunteers
Professional Qualifications:
Attorney at Law (JD)
Masters in Education (MS)
Bachelors in Health - Paramedicine (BS)
Physicians Assistant - Certified (PA-C)
Executive Fire Officer Graduate (EFO)
Topics you provide training for:
Legal
Medical
Organizational Development
Hiring
Internal Investigations and Discipline
Policy Development and Review
Interviewing
Areas of expertise:
Legal
Medical
Operational
Organizational
Human Resources
Training
Bio:
John K. Murphy, J.D. M.S, PA-C, EFO
Deputy Fire Chief (Ret)

Chief Murphy retired as the Deputy Fire Chief with Eastside Fire & Rescue (Issaquah WA) and Fire Chief of the City of Sammamish (WA) after 32 years of service. He is a practicing attorney licensed in Washington and New York focusing on employment practices liability, training safety, employment policy and practices; litigation support; forensic evaluation on fire and EMS operations; internal investigations and consulting on risk management for private and public entities.

He is the principle in the Murphy Law Group and Vice President of M2 Resource Group, Inc., a consulting company specializing in Fire and EMS legal and operational issues and a Physicians Assistant. Chief Murphy a frequent conference speaker and contributing author with Fire Engineering Magazine.

Chief Murphy’s past medical and fire experience includes; paramedic firefighter for more than 20 years; Chief Fire Officer; Chief of Training and Chief of Operations; Health and Safety Officer; a promoter and facilitator of health-care issues in the fire service and a practicing Physicians’ Assistant since 1977 with a focus in emergency care and family practice. Chief Murphy was a US Navy Corpsman serving with the Marine Corps.

Chief Murphy has a Juris Doctor (JD) from Seattle University School of Law; Masters of Science (MS) and Bachelors of Science (BS) in Education from Central Washington University, graduated from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine, Physicians Assistant Program (MEDEX) and is an Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Graduate.

He is a member of the following Associations: Association of Fire Service Attorneys; National Society of Executive Fire Officers; International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC); ISFSI; Washington State Bar Association; King County Bar Association; New York Bar Association, U.S. District Court Western District of Washington and a former member of the Washington Fire Chief’s Association. He is an Adjunct Faculty with the University of Florida's Fire and Emergency Service program

He is the author of two books:

Legal, Political & Regulatory Environment in EMS
ISBN-10: 0135036038 • ISBN-13: 9780135036037©2015 • Prentice Hall

Cooling the Flames: Communication, Control and De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Aggressive Patients – A Comprehensive Guidebook for Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services, Author: Ellis Amdur, John K. Murphy, Publisher: eBooks2go, Inc.,
ISBN No: 9781618131966
Web site:
http://www.murphylawgroup.org

John K. Murphy's Blog

Diversity in the Fire Service - An important discussion

When you examine the cause of litigation in the fire service there is one important fact that we need to address. We sue ourselves internally as opposed to be sued by outside sources with the following statics obtained from Curt Varone’s website.

  • A fire department is 9.1 times more likely to be sued by a subordinate than by our customers: A fire chief is 12 times more likely to be sued by a subordinate than by a…
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Posted on September 30, 2017 at 10:00am

USERRA – Protecting Firefighters Rights

A recent case in New York involving a police officer, taking 10 years to resolve, revives a sleepy law we do not hear much about called the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

This case (Wright v. City of Jamestown), involved an Army Reserve officer with the Jamestown (NY) police department initially filed his USERRA claim against the department in 2007 after he was denied…

Continue

Posted on July 26, 2017 at 12:08pm

Opioid Epidemic and the Fire Service

The current opioid epidemic has significantly increased the call volume for departments responding to citizens suffering from drug overdoses. Not a shift goes by without a call to assist someone suffering from an overdose.

When I was a street paramedic, we would receive calls from the public to assist individuals overdosing with alcohol, mushrooms, Freon, airplane glue, Benadryl and cough syrup containing…

Continue

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 9:24am — 1 Comment

Fentanyl – Clear and Present Danger to First Responders

An extremely dangerous drug is on the street is affecting first responders including EMS, police and firefighters making a dangerous job all that more dangerous. This is not related to the prescription strength medication if taken in the wrong dose or administered erroneously creates its own danger.

A recent event in New Jersey involved a police detective searching a home and found a bag of white powder. The officer removed a scoop of powder for testing. When he was…

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Posted on June 19, 2017 at 10:00am

Human Resources - Not necessarily your friend.

Many fire organizations have Human Resources (HR) departments that deal with many of the issues related to the needs of firefighters and staff. HR deals with recruiting and hiring new firefighters, providing information about medical benefits and compensation, ensuring compliance with laws and ordinances, providing a pathway to local EAP Programs and responsible for employee development and firefighter training supporting your training division. HR is…

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Posted on June 9, 2017 at 4:10pm

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At 9:40am on July 16, 2014, Frank Ricci said…

John,

Thanks for posting on Face Book!

Did you see what happened to the Fisher case. The appeals court ruled against her remanded case from SCOTUS. Now her case must asked for en banc vote. This case will be interesting to follow.

At 2:19pm on January 30, 2012, Christopher Huston said…

Thank you for your kind words regarding my article "Owning Training". -chris

At 9:26am on April 4, 2011, Jack Wesson said…
Well have to tell you , my fellow board members made a policy but Mike showed the one you sent , so once i go thru it i will be getting ahold of you , Thanks Again
At 6:59am on March 31, 2011, Jack Wesson said…
Yes , Mike will be there he is going with his two commisioners , The Chairman was going to send me and then  informed me that he was sending here locally. I will thou thanks. Stay Safe
At 9:45am on March 30, 2011, Jack Wesson said…

Good morning Chief Murphy, My Son in law Chief France , mentioned i should contact you , I am a new Fire Commissioner and i was handed a project on a policy for Social media , and Mike said that you could help me out[ soside006@nycap.rr.com] i thank for your time and Stay Safe

Jack Wesson

At 1:28pm on January 23, 2011, Shawn Crimmins said…

Tumwater is going great.  Keeping busy with the family and work.  I dont know if you heard or not but my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  She is currently going through chemo and doing pretty well considering.  We set a website up for her treatment. Feel free to leave a comment for her.  I hope everything is going well for you.  Moms page That is moms link.  Talk to you soon.



At 10:59am on August 19, 2010, Bobby Halton said…
Uhhh, I was not aware Howard Dean and Harry Reid were Republicans, I guess this "editor" dosent have an aganda! This is not republician or democrat it is about folks, family friends and those who were there that day who are emotionally connected to 911 and who are asking for some sensitivity. And actually and I know facts are not important to editors like this guy, the governor is trying to get the developer to accept another site. But he is most likely a closet republican.
At 2:53pm on July 2, 2010, Michael Bricault (ret) said…
-John, we're in need of a really good labor lawyer here in Albuquerque. Do you travel or consult this far?
At 10:58pm on May 27, 2010, Jeff Schwering said…
Chief, hope the color on my page is better on your eyes, it is on mine!

Be Safe
Jeff
At 3:51pm on May 7, 2010, Jeff Schwering said…
You're right Chief, that does need to change, thanks for the advice.
 
 
 

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