Fire Law Roundup for February 13, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for February 13, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a jury verdict holding the Perth Amboy Fire Department (NJ) liable for a series of sexual assaults perpetrated thirty years ago by a firefighter on a 12-year-old boy; a lawsuit filed by an elected official against a Connecticut fire district claiming district officials have violated her First Amendment rights by prohibiting her from speaking at district board meetings; a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the City of Flint and two firefighters by the mother of two boys who died after a housefire last year because they missed them on a primary search; a lawsuit filed by five Louisiana firefighters claiming the fire department violated their civil rights last year by ordering them to be finger printed, and a ruling upholding the conviction of a Kentucky fire lieutenant on charges that he had child pornography on his fire department laptop.

NJ City and Fire Department Liable for Child Sex Assault 30 Years Ago

Connecticut Fire District Facing First Amendment Suit

Flint Facing $50 Million Suit Over Fire Deaths

Louisiana Firefighters Claim Fingerprinting is Unconstitutional

Kentucky Fire Lieutenant’s Conviction on Child Porn Charges Upheld

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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