Author Archives: 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.

Firefighter Overtime – The Blog

It is my pleasure to welcome my good friend and colleague Bill Maccarone to cyberspace with the creation of a new blog called FirefighterOvertime.org. Bill and I have been teaching the FLSA for Fire Departments program for the past two years, and Bill's plan is to pass along his accumulated knowledge – together with the latest in FLSA headlines – to firefighters everywhere.

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UK Fire Officer On Trial For Sexual Contact With Subordinate

For those of you who write in asking whether the American fire service is totally out of control, comes a story from overseas…. to confirm the proverbial saying – same circus different clowns…. A fire officer in Wales is accused of playing “tit cricket” with a female subordinate.

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EMS Shooting War in Texas

An EMS provider in Texas has filed suit against a competitor accusing it of vandalizing its ambulances by shooting out windows, severing brakes lines, and secretly placing GPS trackers on its vehicles to identify and solicit its customers. The sensational allegations were included in a complaint filed last week by Republic Ambulance against City Ambulance.

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You Tube Ad Leads To 3 Day Suspension

The Orlando district chief who appeared in uniform with a city vehicle in a YouTube ad for a new fishing product has learned his fate: a three-day suspension without pay. District Chief Danny Wilson appeared in the video earlier this year marketing a new product, the Rod Defender.

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Pacemaker Data Admissible in Ohio Arson Prosecution

A judge in Ohio has ruled that medical information from a pacemaker can be used as evidence in a criminal case over the objection patient. The case involves an arson prosecution where the defendant claims he was in bed when the fire started, but a cardiologist’s review of his pacemaker data makes that claim “highly improbable”.

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Hartford Lieutenant Fired For Comp Abuse

A Hartford fire lieutenant who was at the center of an investigation and lawsuit into the line of duty death of Firefighter Kevin Bell at a house fire in 2014, has been terminated for workers compensation abuse.

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Fireground Altercation in Prince George’s County

A volunteer firefighter in Prince George's County is claiming that he was assaulted by a career officer at the scene of a house fire last Sunday. Both firefighters have reportedly been removed from emergency operations while the incident is investigated.

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Texas Firefighter Suspended After DWI Crash

A Texas firefighter who reportedly was responding to an alarm, crashed into an occupied dwelling and is now facing charges of driving while intoxicated. Blake Stevens, a volunteer firefighter in La Porte, was arrested after his pickup truck slammed into a child’s bedroom last night

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Houston Fire Chief Goes On Newsmakers To Discuss Recent Suit

Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena went on Newsmakers to discuss the challenges the department faces including a suit by the firefighter’s union and a recent audit of the department’s inspection program. The suit filed last week by the union accuses the city administration of refusing to bargain in good faith.

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