NY Volunteer Charged with Drunk Driving While Responding to Fire

A volunteer fire captain in New York state was arrested early this morning when his car struck a police officer directing traffic at the scene of a house fire he was responding to. The captain was accused of drunk driving, and is alleged to have had a blood alcohol level of .15. More on the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
  • John K. Murphy

    Ouch – another black eye on our profession.

  • The Defensive Driving Course provides drivers with knowledge and safe driving techniques to prevent collisions and violations.  The course focuses on collision prevention through hazard recognition and application of collision-avoidance techniques. 

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