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.
The State of Oklahoma has amended the statutes governing the delivery of emergency medical services to allow the transport of patients on emergency vehicles that are not ambulances when approved by medical control. The law is a direct response to a case out of the Oklahoma City Fire Department that resulted in discipline to a company officer for transporting a child on an engine in 2020
An investigation following the off-duty death of a New Britain firefighter has resulted in the termination of a lieutenant, and the suspension of seven others, four of whom were also demoted. The discipline follows the suspected overdose death of Firefighter Matthew Dizney.