Detroit Firefighters Press City in Court

The headline says “Detroit fire union sues city for negligence”, but it’s not a new suit… nor is it a negligence suit. The suit was filed last summer claiming the city was failing to comply with a city charter requirement to provide “adequate” fire protection to all citizens.

The case is in the news because the union won its request to be able to depose city officials. As the saying goes, the wheels of justice grind slowly.

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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.

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