Welcome to Professional Firefighters of Melbourne, Florida
The Melbourne Fire Department is committed to responding to community needs by providing for the protection of life and property through innovative emergency medical care, fire suppression and hazard mitigation services. All stations are licensed in advanced life support and are staffed by paramedics.
Melbourne Fire Department line personnel are represented by Melbourne Professional Firefighters Local 1951. We are comprised of 146 active/retired members. These men and women are commited and dedicated to providing the upmost care and protection for the citizens of Melbourne, Florida.
Garrity Rights protect public employees from being compelled to incriminate themselves during investigatory interviews conducted by their employers. This protection stems from the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which declares that the government cannot compel a person to be a witness against him/herself.
Weingarten Rights EMPLOYEE'S RIGHT TO UNION REPRESENTATION The right of employees to have union representation at investigatory interviews was announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1975 case (NLRB vs. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251, 88 LRRM 2689). These rights have become known as the Weingarten rights.
Firefighter Bill Of Rights
Firefighter's Bill of Right's Links: Florida Statute 112.82 Rights of firefighters.--Whenever a firefighter is subjected to an interrogation, such interrogation shall be conducted pursuant to the terms of this section.