Florida Firefighter Caught Up In Police Sex Scandal Resigns

A firefighter with the Lakeland Fire Department who was caught up in a sex scandal involving Lakeland police officers has chosen to resign. David Bivens resigned yesterday just before his pre-disciplinary hearing was set to begin.

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.
  • Andrew

    I see we need a new mandatory course in the police and fire academies, along with a mandatory annual refresher on "Keeping It Zipped 101." This would be right along with the courses on "Not Ripping Off Your Community/Department/Agency," and "How Not To Act In Public." We've got plenty of case studies, courtesy of your blog as well as Firegeezer's "Promotional Opportunities."

    • Andrew

      Yup… we need to clean up our act. People are noticing.

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