In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for January 16, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a decision by the Supreme Court of Washington that the public duty doctrine, only applies to statutorily created duties, not common law duties; a decision by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has held that a fire captain cannot recover for injuries he sustained that he claims were due to the incompetence of a probationary firefighter; the termination of a Denver Fire for offensive comments that over time earned him the nickname of the Racist-Rover; the filing of First Degree Murder charges against two Illinois EMTs in the positional asphyxia death of a patient they transported; and a suit filed by a volunteer firefighter in New York claiming that she was raped in the firehouse by two ranking officers.
Washington Supreme Court Concludes Public Duty Doctrine Limited to Statutory Duties
NJ Appeals Court Denies Suit by Captain For Injuries Caused by Probationary Firefighter
Denver Lieutenant Fired Over Offensive Comments
Illinois EMTs Facing Murder Charges For Death of Patient
Firefighter Alleges Sexual Assault by Officers After Firehouse Party