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.

Georgia Firefighter Sues For Age Discrimination

A 55-year old Georgia firefighter is suing his department accusing supervisors of trying to fabricate allegations against him and forcing him to resign earlier this year. Anthony Galvin filed suit last week in US District court accusing the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department of a single count of age discrimination.

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Mississippi Firefighter Sues Over Race Conscious Hiring

A white firefighter in Mississippi has filed suit against his home town claiming that he was passed over in the hiring process despite being the only applicant who was already certified as a firefighter, so that the city could hire black applicants even though they were not certified. Dylan Shane Davis filed suit last week in US District Court against the City of West Point

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Burning Question: Searching Cars and the Fourth Amendment

Today’s burning question: We have a battalion chief who insists on searching cars at vehicle accidents, for mainly for drugs (legal or illegal). He will literally search it like a police officer would. Is this BC violating the patient’s rights and is he breaking the law?

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Fired Maine Chief Sues Seeking Reinstatement

A fire chief who was terminated after bringing complaints about the town manager to a town selectman has filed suit challenging his dismissal. Former Ogunquit fire chief Mark O’Brien filed suit in York County Superior Court challenging his termination by Town Manager Patricia Finnigan

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Lawsuit Against FDNY Over Dispatching Error Reinstated

A NY Supreme Court judge has reinstated a lawsuit against FDNY over a dispatching error to a drowning incident in 2014. The suit had been dismissed in 2016 because the mother of the victim failed to file a notice of claim with the city in a timely manner. The victim, a four-year-old girl, fell into a backyard swimming pool and was discovered floating unconscious. Her father, an emergency room physician, initiated CPR while others called 911

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Austin Firefighter Sues City and Peeping Lieutenant

The Austin firefighter who was victimized by a voyeuristic lieutenant who secretly filmed her, has filed suit naming him and the city as defendants. Kelly Gall filed suit accusing the city of being aware of prior complaints of sexually inappropriate behavior by Lieutenant James Baker and failing to take sufficient measures.

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Texas Whistleblower Suit Removed to Federal Court

A whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year by a fired Texas firefighter, has been removed to federal court. Todd Anthony Foust was terminated last year by the City of Corinth and the Lake Cities Fire Department. He claims that he was terminated in retaliation for complaints he made about firefighters using tobacco products as well as complaints he made about his captain.

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$15.5 Million in Damage Claims Filed In Bellingham Intubation Case

Three claims totaling $15.5 Million have been filed by family members of a man whose body was used to practice intubation skills in a Bellingham, Washington firehouse. The body of Bradley Ginn Sr. was at a Bellingham fire station awaiting pickup to be delivered to a funeral home. Personnel used his body to practice endotracheal intubation skills.

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Jury Awards LA Firefighter $2.75 Million For Retaliation

A veteran LA City firefighter who claims he was ostracized after complaining about the way the city’s dive team was being run, has been awarded $2.75 million for retaliation by a superior court jury. Stephen Meiche claims that after he reported that dive team members had improperly destroyed and discarded property bought with federal UASI funds, he was “ostracized".

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Philadelphia and IAFF Local 22 Prevail in Suit by Terminated Firefighter

A Philadelphia firefighter who was terminated following his second conviction for driving under the influence, has lost his civil suit against the city and Philadelphia Firefighters IAFF Local 22. Andrew Addeo was fired on September 28, 2015, following his arrest and conviction earlier in the year. Addeo had previously been charged with DUI in 2012.

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Georgia Firefighter Loses Sexual Harassment Suit

A Marietta, Georgia firefighter not only lost her sexual harassment lawsuit, she was ordered to pay the city’s costs in an order handed down last week. Former Lieutenant Margaret Richardson filed suit last year alleging sex discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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