Three Terminated Utah Firefighters Raise Concerns Over Treatment

Three former members of the Morgan County Fire Department are raising concerns about the reason for their termination. According to Fox13, the three were dismissed without an investigation or hearing because they were considered to be volunteers. However, the firefighters claim they were actually employees.

About 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.
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