Fire Law Roundup for October 31, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for October 31, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a ruling that dismissed claims against four Oklahoma City firefighters who were accused of violating a patient’s civil rights by restraining him; a decision by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals ruling that the promotional process for fire chief is not a mandatory subject for bargaining; a ruling by the New York Court of Appeals that fire departments must bargain over the procedures used to terminate firefighters who have been on an extended work-related injury leave status; a decision denying summary judgment to a deaf Idaho firefighter claiming disability discrimination; and a lawsuit against a Utah fire department for allegedly destroying a man’s home last July as part of a training exercise.

Court Dismisses OKC Firefighters From Civil Rights Suit by Family of Patient Who Died

Massachusetts Court Concludes Fire Chief Selection Process Not Bargainable

NY Court of Appeals Orders City to Bargain Over Disability Related Termination

Wrongful Termination Suit of Deaf Idaho Firefighter Headed to Trial

Utah Fire Department Accused of Destroying House

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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