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John K. Murphy
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What makes you a better Fire Officer - Experience or Education?
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The Backroom Crew

In our Service and most Departments we have what is called a Rec Room, Day Room or backroom where we go to Kick back , eat , drink Coffee or just watch TV , this where we can put up our Feet and relax before the Tones go out and we go out to the Next
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Chiefs/Officers/Firefighters of New York State

Those of us from the Empire State and from beyond our StateSee More
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Scouts & Firefighters

Tradition says it all Scouts and the Fire Service are a Time Honored Tradition.
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Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Are you Tough enough to wear PinkSupport our Brother and Sisters who are battling cancer.See More
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"Outside The Box" Engine Company Operations

Engine Company work is often viewed as easy or not as fulfilling as "Truck Company work". This is absolutely not the case and some very "high speed" Engine Companies go to work everyday in very tough and arduous environments. They are only successful by relying on their relentless training, personal experiences and hunger to progress in the engine world.This group is geared toward Engine Company tactics that use "outside the box" thinking to accomplish. Its purpose is to exchange information…See More
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Words Matter

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” in a response to a schoolyard taunt containing hurtful words many of us have probably used when verbally assaulted by the schoolyard bully. That reasoning is generally untrue as words do hurt and I am sure that you were hurt when the bully made fun of your race, clothing, religion or some other verbal and possibly physical assault against you.In an era of social media, seemingly insensitive comments directed to nearly everyone…See More
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Lives in:
North Bend, Washington
Eastside Fire & Rescue
Deputy Fire Chief (Ret.)
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
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:
Organizational Development
Internal Investigations and Discipline
Policy Development and Review
Areas of expertise:
Human Resources
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:

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Words Matter

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” in a response to a schoolyard taunt containing hurtful words many of us have probably used when verbally assaulted by the schoolyard bully. That reasoning is generally untrue as words do hurt and I am sure that you were hurt when the bully made fun of your race, clothing, religion or some other verbal and possibly physical assault against you.

In an era of social media, seemingly insensitive comments…


Posted on April 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

Avoiding High Risk Legal Events

Our mission is to protect the community and our firefighters with all of the training, equipment and protective gear money can buy. Of course there are the smaller and less affluent fire districts barely responding to calls for service or emergencies and all-volunteer fire organizations are equally challenged to place sufficient firefighter resources in the community for response.

One of the common factors for all departments are the laws and statutes that dictate their conduct and…


Posted on March 9, 2018 at 10:00am

Reasonable Suspicion – 4th Amendment Protections

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the "right of the people to be secure in their persons ... against unreasonable searches and seizures." In most cases, the Constitution requires the government to obtain a warrant supported by probable cause to search a person. However, when government has a special need for a search, such as protecting public safety, courts have upheld the search(s) if it is found "reasonable" after balancing the physical intrusion against…


Posted on January 22, 2018 at 10:24am

Fire Service Legal Issues - 2017 Year End Review

This year has certainly been interesting related to the legal issues facing the fire service. We continue to see the fire departments in the news for many high profile fires, rescues, service calls and the other good things we do on a daily basis.

We also continue to see the fire departments bogged down in legal controversies that reduce the effectiveness of organizational cohesiveness and at times polarize our personnel and departments especially in the area of personnel management…


Posted on December 12, 2017 at 11:30am

Firefighter Concussions

In the sports world there is an increasing awareness of collision induced concussions between football players, soccer players, kids on the playground and others engaged in contact sports other than dancing. There are many other ways to get a concussion. Some common ways include fights, falls, car crashes, and bike accidents. Concussions can also happen while participating in any sport or activity such as football, boxing, hockey, soccer, skiing, or…


Posted on October 31, 2017 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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


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[] 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
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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