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Change Managers or Change Leaders?

Started Jun 11, 2013

What makes you a better Fire Officer - Experience or Education?
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Preventing Legal Fires - Votes of No Confidence

Fire Chiefs all over the country have received votes of no confidence from members of their organizations. Most recently was the Fire Chief of Cleveland whom the Union members indicated that there serious concerns about the public’s safety and according to the local news, the resolution asks the City Council to investigate the unions complaint about those and other safety issues. In Jackson Beach, the fire union, taking a similar vote, says the chief has fostered an atmosphere of "hostility,…See More
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Preventing Legal Fires - Conflict Management

Much of the personnel litigation affecting a department can be prevented with adequate and early communication between the parties in the attempt to resolve an issue of conflict. As you may be directly or indirectly affected, that could mean you are the Chief, the affected member or their representatives.Conflict refers to some form of friction, or discord arising within a group when the beliefs or actions of one or more members of the group are either resisted by or unacceptable to one or more…See More
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Preventing Legal Fires - Not All Speech is Free

As a firefighter or public safety government employee, what are your free speech rights under the 1st Amendment?As we have seen a number of firefighters have lost their jobs over postings on their social media sites, thinking they had a protected right to say anything or depict otherwise offensive pictures for their shared audiences. The issue of “words matter” when speaking, brings one back to the often quoted but erroneous statement of “shouting fire in a crowded theater” opined by Justice…See More
Jan 6

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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

Preventing Legal Fires - Votes of No Confidence

Fire Chiefs all over the country have received votes of no confidence from members of their organizations. Most recently was the Fire Chief of Cleveland whom the Union members indicated that there serious concerns about the public’s safety and according to the local news, the resolution asks the City Council to investigate the unions complaint about those and other safety issues. In Jackson Beach, the fire union, taking a similar vote, says the chief has fostered an atmosphere of "hostility,…

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Posted on February 18, 2019 at 6:37pm

Preventing Legal Fires - Conflict Management

Much of the personnel litigation affecting a department can be prevented with adequate and early communication between the parties in the attempt to resolve an issue of conflict. As you may be directly or indirectly affected, that could mean you are the Chief, the affected member or their representatives.

Conflict refers to some form of friction, or discord arising within a group when the beliefs or actions of one or more members of the group are either resisted by or unacceptable to…

Continue

Posted on January 23, 2019 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Preventing Legal Fires - Not All Speech is Free

As a firefighter or public safety government employee, what are your free speech rights under the 1st Amendment?

As we have seen a number of firefighters have lost their jobs over postings on their social media sites, thinking they had a protected right to say anything or depict otherwise offensive pictures for their shared audiences. The issue of “words matter” when speaking, brings one back to the often quoted but erroneous statement of “shouting fire in a crowded theater” opined by…

Continue

Posted on January 6, 2019 at 11:00am

Preventing Legal Fires 2018 - Year in Review

I always like to review year end legal issues for the fire service, even as I routinely write about them, as an interesting study in firefighter legal behavior over the past year. It is a reflection of where we are and where we are going. The short story is our behavior is not changing as fast as the fire service would like as we still see complaints and litigation popping up every week.

We continue to see patterns of bad legal behavior, in spite of the frequent lectures and articles…

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Posted on December 11, 2018 at 3:00pm

Do Not Resuscitate Tattoos

As pre-hospital medical providers we see a lot of patients in all sorts of medical disrepair. The public and patients expectation is that we put a full effort into doing the best we can with our limited field resources and either take the patient to a medical facility, leave at home, send the patient to their primary care or specialist physician or call the…

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Posted on November 24, 2018 at 4:00pm

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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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