Top Fire Law News Stories of 2016

Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you peace and prosperity.

The arrival of New Year also means that it’s time for the annual review of the top Fire Law news stories of 2016.

It is always a challenge to objectively evaluate a year’s worth of stories, so we will look at it in two different ways. First, let’s look at the 10 most viewed stories of 2016.

10       10-Nov           Texas Fire Captain Suspended Over Facebook Posts

9          17-Feb          Two DeKalb Firefighters Disciplined Over False Allegations Against A Police Officer

8          23-Apr          Sexual Harassment and Social Media at Center of Virginia Firefighter’s Suicide

7          31-Jan           Louisiana Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Firefighters in Pension Battle

6          25-Jan           Illinois Abandons Public Duty Doctrine in Fire Department Case

5          6-Mar            OSHA Considering Additional Regs for the Fire Service

4          11-May          Fairfax County Firefighter Files Sexual Harassment Suit

3          14-Feb           San Bernardino Settles Nine-Year Dispute With Firefighters

2          23-Feb           Black Sunday Firefighters Awarded $183 Million

1          1-Feb             Massachusetts Firefighter’s Criticism of Narcan Prompts Investigation

 

Now, let’s take a look at the 10 stories that were the most Liked and Shared on Facebook:

10       7-Dec              Overtime for Paramedic Training

9          15-Nov           FLSA Facts for Firefighters- Early Reliefs and Overtime

8          16-Feb           Illinois Local Files Unfair Labor Practice Over Grooming Policy

7          18-Oct            Can a Firefighter Violate a Person’s Fourth Amendment Rights?

6          14-Aug           Kentucky Fire Department Accused of Religious and Sexual Discrimination

5          20-Dec           Dallas Staring Down The Barrel of a $4 Billion Suit

4          6-Mar             OSHA Considering Additional Regs for the Fire Service

3          25-Jan            Illinois Abandons Public Duty Doctrine in Fire Department Case

2          10-Nov           Texas Fire Captain Suspended Over Facebook Posts

1          1-Feb              Massachusetts Firefighter’s Criticism of Narcan Prompts Investigation

 

Happy New Year

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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