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.

Montana Firefighter Facing Sexual Assault Charges

A Montana firefighter is facing criminal charges for falsely telling two young women they needed to evacuate due to an approaching wildland fire, and then sexually assaulting them. Edward Chevallier, 55, is facing a total of four charges stemming from an evacuation order he gave to the women which he attributed to the Horesefly fire.

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BWI Settles Discrimination Suit With Medic

The Maryland Aviation Administration has reached a settlement with a paramedic who claimed she was the victim of gender discrimination and retaliation while working at BWI. Barbara Lowman claimed she was passed over for promotion to EMS Division Chief in 2015 in favor of a less-qualified man.

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Injury at Connecticut Fundraising Event Prompts Suit

The father of a man injured in a mishap at a Connecticut volunteer fire department’s fundraising event last August has filed suit. Timothy Meeker, Sr. filed suit against the Bridgewater Fire Department claiming his son was injured while riding on an antique tractor that was being used to pull vehicles that had become stuck in mud.

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EEOC Sues AMR For Pregnancy Discrimination

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against American Medical Response, accusing it of discriminating against pregnant workers. The suit was filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on behalf of Katherine Hall, a paramedic for AMR in Spokane.

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Today’s Burning Question: Should The Loser Pay?

Today’s Burning Question: If someone files suit against a fire department and loses, shouldn’t they have to pay the city’s legal bills? Answer: That is not how our legal system works. Let’s use a recent case out of Sebring, Florida to better understand the issues.

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Montana VFD Latest Victim of Pink Collar Theft

The secretary of a Montana volunteer fire department’s auxiliary board is accused of stealing $60,000 from the organization. Annie Morigeau is charged with theft and forgery from the Saint Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department’s Auxiliary Board.

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RI Town Reinstates Lieutenant Fired at Height of Labor Dispute

A Rhode Island fire lieutenant who was terminated last year during a contentious battle between town officials and firefighters, has been reinstated as part of the settlement of a number of outstanding legal issues. The Town of East Greenwich agreed to reinstate Lieutenant Robert Warner. Lt. Warner was terminated for insubordination and conduct unbecoming.

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Georgia Firefighters Caught Up In Tax Return Scam

An income tax return preparer in Georgia that catered to firefighters is being investigated for tax fraud, and now the state is reviewing the returns of 1,400 taxpayers, most of whom are firefighters. The Georgia Department of Revenue has confirmed it is reviewing 1,400 returns prepared by Kim Griffin’s Tax Time.

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LA County Sued By Relative Of Patient Over Transport

A woman who claims she was prevented from transporting a relative to the hospital in her car by two Los Angeles County firefighters, has filed suit alleging they violated her civil rights. Vanessa Joy Calhoun filed suit yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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