Fire Law Roundup – January 24, 2022

In this session of Fire Law Roundup, Brad and Curt discuss the lawsuits arising out of the Los Angeles County firehouse shooting incident on June 1, 2021, a second suit filed in the KCMO fatal apparatus accident lawsuit in December, 2021, a suit by a Missouri fire district against a city over the issuance of permits to build a new fire station, a New York lawsuit filed against a fire department and labor union by a retired member in federal court under the National Labor Relation’s Act, and sexual harassment claims made in the Mobile AL Fire Department.

Here is a copy of OSHA’s workplace violence guidance. You will note that this is guidance for OSHA personnel to use in evaluating whether an employer has taken appropriate steps to address violence on the workplace.

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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