Fire Law Roundup for March 6, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for March 6, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a volunteer theft case out of North Carolina; a Louisiana Court of Appeals ruling on cancer presumptions for firefighters; a Ninth Circuit decision holding the City of Seattle is not liable for a dely in firefighters responding to a shooting in the CHOP Zone; a decision allowing the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission to prohibit a Boston fire captain from sitting for a rescheduled promotional exam because was ineligible for the exam when originally scheduled; and a lawsuit filed by three FDNY chiefs who were demoted by the fire commissioner. Here is the link to the new business Brad mentioned.

Treasurer Charged With Stealing From North Carolina Fire Department

Louisiana Appeals Court Rules Parish Failed to Rebut Cancer Presumption

Ninth Circuit Rules Seattle Not Liable for CHOP Zone Death

MA Civil Service Rules Against Boston Captain in Promotional Exam Delay Case

Demoted FDNY Chiefs File Blistering Lawsuit against Fire Commissioner

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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