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M2 Resource Group, Inc

M2 Resource Group, Inc

P.O. Box 1116
North Bend, Washington 98045

Phone(206) 940-6502

Website www.murphylawgroup.org
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M2 Resource Group, Inc is a professional consulting company that provides customized solutions and expertise to attorneys, government officials, public safety organizations, and private agencies for EMS, fire & rescue and police services and plaintiff or defendant consultation with expert witness services for attorneys involved in civil and criminal litigation. M2 Resource Group provides services including education and management training, training seminars and conferences, fit for duty examinations, psychological testing and consulting; PTSD and TBI evaluation and treatment.

Services

M2 Resource Group, Inc provides expert witness opinions, litigation support, risk management and consultation on emergency medical service, fire, firefighting, fire and EMS response and 911 matters to plaintiff and defense attorneys, risk management professionals, as well as the general public.

Services provided include:
Preliminary review and evaluation of all incidents
Written opinions and/or reports
Technical support
Availability and attendance for depositions and/or court proceedings
Litigation Support

Standard of Care Consultation Services
• 911 call receiving and Dispatching
• Paramedics or EMT’s scope of practice
• Paramedics or EMT’s Standard of Care
• Fire response, arrival and operations
• Medical & First Aid
• CPR and Resuscitation Issues
• EMS/Ambulance Transportation
• Emergency Driving and Driver Training

Emergency Service Organization Services
• Interim management of fire and/or EMS systems
• Strategic planning
• Standard operating procedure (SOP)development
• Recruiting and employee evaluation / testing to include psychological
• Assessment centers
• Conflict resolution and mediation
• Employee Termination Issues
• Human resource management
• Mediation
• Fleet and durable medical equipment specification development
• AED and public access defibrillation implementation
• New Chief officer mentoring
• Media Relations

Clinical Psychological Services
• New employee psychological testing
• PTSD evaluation and Counseling
• Employee Counseling


Litigation Support Services

M2 Resource Group, Inc provides litigation support and expert witness testimony to both plaintiff and defense attorneys in the areas of: Fire, EMS, Ambulance Operations, fire and EMS training accidents, employee investigations, standard of care issues, employee termination issues, policy and procedure and new employee testing procedures.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Psychological Fit for Duty, EMS Standard of Care, NFPA 1582

Profile

John K. Murphy, JD, MS, PA-C, EFO, retired as a deputy fire chief after 32 years of career service; a practicing attorney licensed in Washington State and New York State whose focus is on employment practices liability, training safety, employment policy and practices, forensic evaluation on fire and EMS operations, internal investigations, subject matter expert in pre-hospital EMS and Fire Operations and consulting on risk management for private and public entities. Murphy’s past fire experience has been as a paramedic/firefighter; Chief Fire Officer, Chief of Training, Emergency Operations Chief, Health and Safety Officer and educator and facilitator of safety and health-care issues in the fire service. He is a Physicians Assistant and has been a practicing Physicians’ Assistant since 1977 with a focus in urgent, emergency, occupational medicine and pre-hospital medical care. He is the Vice President of M2 Resource Group, Inc. Mr. Murphy speaks and writes extensively on Fire and EMS Legal issues nationally.

He is the author of Legal, Political & Regulatory Environment in EMS ISBN-10: 0135036038 • ISBN-13: 9780135036037©2015 • Prentice Hall and Contributing Author - Cooling the Flames: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Aggressive Patients. A Comprehensive Guidebook for Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Ellis Amdur, M.A., N.C.C., C.M.H.S. and John K. Murphy JD, MS, PA-C, EFO. July 2015. ISBN No: 9781618131966.

Dr. Beth Murphy, PsyD retired as a firefighter after 12 years of service to pursue and complete her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is a practicing clinician with a focus on workplace stress, PTSD, Cancer Survivors and TBI. Her population focus is on police and fire agencies, as well as military personnel. While in the fire service, she was a firefighter/EMT and member of the Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit. She was also a member of the Peer Support Team, which provided day to day support for fire personnel as well as critical incident stress management (CISM). She works with a varied population including, juvenile fire setters, severe and chronic mental illness, and individuals and families affected by cancer, and contracts to provide services with the Veterans Administration (VA) for returning and active duty military suffering from PTSD and TBI. Her dissertation focused on stress affecting Women Firefighters. She has presented material at numerous local and national conferences; Washington State Psychological Association annual meeting, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies annual meeting, the international Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). IWomens Conference and the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) on Suicide Prevention for Firefighters. She is the Psychologist for the Washington State Parks Critical Incident Management Program and is the CEO and President in M2 Resource Group, Inc.

Consulting Practice

All States

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Professional Experience

John K. Murphy, JD, MS, PA-C, EFO, FACC retired as a deputy fire chief after 32 years of service; a practicing attorney whose focus is on employment practices liability, training safety, employment policy and practices, forensic evaluation on fire and EMS operations, internal investigations and consulting on risk management for private and public entities. Murphy’s past fire experience has been as a paramedic firefighter; a Chief Fire Officer, Chief of Training, Emergency Operations Chief, Health and Safety Officer. He is currently practicing as an Attorney and National lecturer on Fire and EMS Legal Issues.

Dr. Beth Murphy, PsyD retired as a firefighter after 12 years of service to pursue and complete her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is a practicing clinician with a focus on workplace stress, PTSD, Cancer Survivors and TBI. Her population focus is on police and fire agencies, as well as military personnel. While in the fire service, she was a firefighter/EMT and member of the Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit. She was also a member of the Peer Support Team, which provided day to day support for fire personnel as well as critical incident stress management (CISM).


Licenses

John K. Murphy, JD, PA-C
Attorney and Counselor of Law - Washington State
Attorney and Counselor of Law - New York State
Attorney at Law, United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Physicians Assistant – Licensed, State of Washington
Deputy Fire Chief (Ret)

Dr. Beth L. Murphy, PsyD, LMHC
Doctor of Clinical Psychology
PTSD/Trauma, Testing
Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician


Legal Experience & Services

M2 Resource Group, Inc provides litigation support affecting the fire service; reconstruction of incidents affecting fire departments and ambulance operations; wrongful termination issues, testing and promotion standards, research, legal brief preparation and general law practice to include franchise acquisitions, contracts, review of policy and procedure manuals and media relations assisting fire chief executive officers in dealing with the media.


Affiliations

Member, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Emergency Medical Services Division
Member and Attorney, International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)
Member, Association of Fire Service Attorneys
Member, National Society of Executive Fire Officers
Fire Engineering – Educator, author, speaker, moderator and podcast host
International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) - Legal Advisor


Qualifications

Education and numerous expert witness cases.


Seminars & Training

Mr. John Murphy, JD, PA-C is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars and has been invited speaker at IAFC Fire-Rescue International, IAFC Fire-Rescue Med, FDIC, Lafayette (LA) Fire Training Center; Missouri Fire/Rescue Conference; West Virginia Public Safety Expo; King County Training Officer Development Academy, NBI Seminars, Monterey Fire (CA), Charleston Fire (SC) and many others. Mr. Murphy is a frequent contributor to Fire Engineering's Blog, curator of the Fire Engineering Policy Bank and the popular Fire Service Court Blog Talk Radio.

Dr. Beth Murphy, PsyD is a sought after speaker on firefighter issues including Firefighter Mental Health and Suicide, has presented at the Washington State Psychological Association's annual meeting, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies , International Association of Fire Chief (IAFC) and Fire Engineering's Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). She is the peer support Psychologist and educator for the Washington State Parks.


Publications

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

Contributing Author - Cooling the Flames: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally Ill and Aggressive
Patients. A Comprehensive Guidebook for Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Ellis Amdur, M.A., N.C.C., C.M.H.S. and John K. Murphy JD, MS, PA-C, EFO. July 2015. ISBN No: 9781618131966.

Numerous articles on fireengineering.com related to fire and EMS legal issues


Professional References

Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP
Mr. Joseph Musso (703) 931- 5500
4900 Seminary Roar, Suite 650, Alexandria, Virginia 22311
Consultation for the Plaintiffs – West Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion.

Spence Law Firm
15 South Jackson Street, PO Box 548
Jackson WY 83001
Ms. Emily Rankin
(307) 733-7290
Mining Injury Accident

Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming
15 South Jackson Street, PO Box 548
Jackson WY 83001
Mr. Mark Aronowitz, (307) 733-7290
Mining Injury Accident

Jimmerson Hansen
Ms. Lynn Hansen 702-388-7171
415 South Sixth Street, Suite 100
Las Vegas NV 89101
Paramedic Standard of Care - Missed Intubation

The Russell Law Firm
Mr. Chris Russell Attorney at Law
741 East Fry Blvd, Suite 200
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
Fire Department Standard of Care

Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP
222 N LaSalle Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60601
Mr. Conrad Nowak at cnowak@hinshawlaw.com
Mr. Brad Zamczyk at bzamczyk@hinshawlaw.com
Firefighter Deaths

Kevin Brown, Paoli & Brown, P.C.
120 W. Callender Street
P.O. Box 1450
Livingston, MT 59047
Workplace Harassment


Education

John K. Murphy, JD, PA-C
• Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor
• Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, MS, Health Education
• Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, BS, Health Education/Paramedicine
• National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg Maryland, Executive Fire Officer Program
• University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Physicians Assistant Program (MEDEX Class VII)
• South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, Washington, Paramedic Training
• US Navy, Hospital Corpsman

Dr. Beth Murphy PsyD
• Doctor of Clinical Psychology, PsyD, Argosy University
• Masters of Arts, Psychology, Argosy University
• Bachelors of Science & Psychology, University of Washington


Articles Published by M2 Resource Group, Inc

 Fire Department Mergers, Annexations and Consolidations

Fire department mergers, consolidation and annexations can be described in one word: complicated. But it's not impossible.

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 Seven Deadly Sins of Fire Service Leadership

There are many things fire leadership does right but there are times the department simply goes sideways due to some glaring leadership errors either incidental or intentional on the part of the Fire Chief and the remainder of the departments leadership team responsible for the direction, management and leadership of the fire service organization.

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 Firefighter Disability - It May Not be What You See

What do you think of when you hear the word disability? Most likely the word disability creates an image of any number of conditions that are visible but disabilities are also those not visible

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 The Dilemma of Being a Woman Firefighter

Being a firefighter is dangerous and challenging. Being a woman firefighter is more challenging within the fire house environment that includes harassment, discrimination, assault and at times termination or constructive discharge.

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 Conundrum of Public Safety

Public Safety is in crisis with fire stations closed, firefighters and police officers laid off and the demand for emergency services at an all time high. What does this mean to our citizens?

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 Firefighters Failing a Medical/Physical Examination

Firefighters die from preventable diseases. Fire Departments must implement a comprehensive testing process to ensure your employees stay healthy and a program designed to return the firefighter back to work if there is the discovery of a possible disabling medical condition.

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 Firefighters Carrying Guns on the Job

Firefighters and EMS personnel are dying on the job, shot by their patients or others specifically targeting public safety officers. Will arming the firefighters or EMT's provide a greater level of protection for them, their fellow firefighters or the patients?

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 Legal Fire Prevention - Pregnancy Policy

Discrimination and inequity in the administration of light duty policies related to female firefighters leads to significant problems for fire departments that chose to ignore the law and discriminate against their female employees and firefighters. A recent case in Davie, Florida brings this issue to the forefront and the need for a light duty policy equitably administered to all employees.

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 Litigation Forcing Diversity

Diversity in the Fire Service is a challenge to all leadership. It appears that we have not moved very far in removing the discriminatory practices in our entry testing and promotions related to women and minorities. Litigation is forcing the fire service to adopt hiring practices that levels the playing field. If we are not careful, lawyers and judges will be hiring your next generation of firefighters.

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 Can “Failure to Train” Lead to Litigation?

The Fire Service provides training to their staff and firefighters. Are we providing all of the right training and can we be held responsible and liable for training not offered?

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 Adaptation in the Fire Service

It is important that the Fire Service adjusts to the ever changing political and financial pressures that affect its survivability.

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 Legal and Psychological Effects of Workplace Harassment

As firefighters, we thrive on action. We are problem solvers, priding ourselves on working through problems and issues, particularly when called to assist complete strangers, regardless of the hour. We jump on our rigs and arrive at incidents to provide the highest level of service and professionalism to our community. Our question is: Do we provide this high level of service and professionalism to each other?

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 Personnel Policy Manuals - Time for Review?

Personnel Policy Manuals are an important tool in guiding on duty and off duty behavior of your employees. Most Personnel Policy Manuals have not been revised for many years and may contain material not appropriate for today's workforce and out of compliance with current laws.

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 Fire Subscription Services – A Legal and Moral Conundrum

The recent lack of an effective fire fighting response to a house fire in the rural area surrounding the city of South Fulton (Obion, Tennessee) has created a national fire storm of discussion related to rural fire protection, the moral obligation of the firefighters and how to pay for these services.

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 Diversity: the Fire Service Must Define this Issue before We Can Solve It

There has been a lot of controversy and discussion about diversity in the fire service. Some fire service authors have indicated that we have too much diversity; others that we don’t have enough diversity; and still other that there is room for all at the table.

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 Outsourcing the Fire Service

This article looks at the trends of Cities and Town's looking to reduce the cost of providing services to the community targeting public safety.

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 Firefighter Arsonists – Stopping the Problem at the Door of the Firehouse

This article explores the reasons or motivations behind firefighters setting fires, and what is missing in the recruitment, hiring, testing and training process that allows these individuals to become members of our profession.

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 NFPA 1001 Standards as Minimum Training Standard for Firefighters

The NFPA 1001 (Firefighter I and II) standard identifies the minimum job performance requirements for career and volunteer fire fighters whose duties are primarily structural in nature and the purpose of this standard shall be to ensure that persons meeting the requirements of this standard who are engaged in firefighting are qualified. It shall not be the intent of the standard to restrict any jurisdiction from exceeding these requirements. How does that affect you and your department?

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 Fire Training Officer Liabilities

Training is a vital part of fire department operations. Its importance is even greater when you consider the mission of the fire department and the inherent dangers of a firefighter’s job. Firefighting and first-response fatalities average 100 each year with more than 83,000 injuries occurring annually. Training is designed to prevent these deaths and injuries but unfortunately, improper and unsafe training also results in firefighter deaths and injuries.

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