In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for July 25, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss the filing of two more AFFF-related toxic tort suits; the settlement of a lawsuit in Stamford , Connecticut challenging the promotional process as violating merit principles; a lawsuit in the Puerto Rico Fire Department alleging religious discrimination; a wrongful death suit filed against a fire department in Oklahoma; and a decision upholding a physical abilities test in the Madison (Wisconsin) Fire Department despite a disparate impact on women. They wrap up with a discussion of the recent suspension of a police officer in Rochester, New York for handcuffing an EMT.
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.