Florida Fire District Sues Volunteer Fire Company

An ongoing dispute between a Florida fire district and a volunteer fire company has landed in court. The Key Largo Fire-EMS District has filed suit against the Key Largo Volunteer Fire Rescue Department.

The nine-page complaint filed on July 3, 2014 alleges breach of contract and failure to return excess funding after the service agreement between the two entities was terminated in the spring of 2013.

The fire company formerly provided fire and EMS services for the district under a contract. Due to ongoing problems, the district decided to end the agreement and contract with a different entity. The new entity includes the same personnel from the KLVFRD, but under new management.

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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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