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NJ Fire Company Suspended


Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse…

The story we covered a few days ago about a sexual assault in a volunteer fire station in New Jersey just got a bit worse with news that the victim of the assault was the son of a firefighter, the molester was an applicant to the department who had yet to be fully approved, and the department has been suspended from actively responding to alarms.


Update: June 19, 2013 – the borough has reinstated the fire department on a "limited basis"….

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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.