Fire Law VLOG

This is our first Fire Law VLOG, with several more expected this week as we deliver the Fair Labor Standards Act for Fire Departments program in Westminster, Colorado.

In the fire law news today:

Black EMS captains in Cleveland file suit alleging racial discrimination

Here is the complaint filed last week in the Cleveland case:

NH Fire Department Sues Man For Response Costs To Propane Tanker Accident

Firefighter among arrests in child sex sting

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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