Fire Law On-Line at Providence College

The Fire Science program at Providence College will be offering Fire Science 312 – Fire Law this fall as an on-line class. The course catalogue description is as follows:

FRS 312 Fire Law
3 credits
Overview of the legal issues closely associated with
the fire service including the basis for the authority of
fire departments, and modern legal issues impacting
the fire service, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans
with Disabilities Act, and legal effect of OSHA and
NFPA mandates. Also addresses negligence, immunity,
arson, search and seizure, fire insurance, and rights
and responsibilities of firefighters.

Yours truly will be teaching. The online format is convenient for firefighters working shifts – and it really works great for fire law as a topic. Providence College hosts a secure web site that you can access at your convenience to review each week's materials, post questions and answers on various discussion forums, and take on-line quizzes. There are no class meetings - (we have the option to set up on-line chat rooms if we want to – to debate controversial issues, but from experience the forums/bulletin boards allow us to really air out the issues quite nicely!!!!).

In addition to the materials in Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, we will be addressing:

  • Digital imagery and social media issues
  • Electronic monitoring in the workplace
  • Discipline and due process

For more information – visit

Fall 2010 registration begins today, July 19th, 2010.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 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, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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