Fire Truck Dealer Sues SC Fire Department

A local fire apparatus dealer has filed suit against the city of Beaufort, the Beaufort Fire Department and Fire Chief Sammy Negron over the proposed sale of a used tower ladder. Palmetto Fire Apparatus claims the city agreed to pay it a commission if it could find a buyer for a 1998 Pierce tower ladder.

Palmetto claims it found a willing buyer for the truck, the Port Wentworth Fire Department in Georgia, but that Beaufort then backed out of the deal. According the lawsuit, the deal fell apart because Chief Negron claims he lacked the authority to enter into the sales agreement.

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For those who have used Legal Considerations for their Fire Law classes, does the scenario sound familiar? Recall the discussion on apparent authority and due diligence….

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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