Fire Law VLOG: March 8, 2021

In this edition of Fire Law VLOG, Curt discusses toxic employees, a new discount available to attendees of the FLSA program, and several cases in the fire law headlines.

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As for the special discount, registered attendees of the FLSA for Fire Departments program over the past 3 years are eligible to attend the class again this May for just $99. The offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Only registered attendees of the class within the past three years are eligible. To take advantage of this offer, email

We plan to continue this program going forward so that folks can stay updated on the FLSA as it evolves.

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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