Fire Law Roundup for January 23, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for January 23, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who suffered a stroke, but was mistaken for being under the influence; a discrimination lawsuit filed by an assistant chief in Texas who was terminated; two cases of firefighters facing child porn charges; the settlement of three lawsuits arising out of the triple-fatal apparatus accident in Kansas City; and a COVID-related wrongful death suit against a Pennsylvania fire department for not transporting a patient at the height of the epidemic.

Washington Stroke Victim Sues Fire and Police Departments

Former Texas Chief Files Discrimination Suit

Firefighters in Texas and Illinois Facing Child Porn Charges

KCMO Triple Fatal Apparatus Accident Case Settles But Another Case Looms

Pennsylvania Fire Department Sued for COVID-Related Wrongful Death

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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