Fire Law Roundup for March 14, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for March 14, 2023, Bill Maccarone and Curt discuss a lawsuit filed by an Alabama fire department against a Florida-based dry cleaner over damage to seven Santa costumes; criminal charges brought against a former Georgia fire chief for using a departmental credit card to purchase approximately $200 of gasoline for a personal vehicle; the settlement an FLSA overtime lawsuit brought by four California battalion chiefs; a suit by a woman injured in a collision caused by “equipment or firehose” coming off a Nashville fire truck; a suit brought by a San Francisco firefighter who claims he was assaulted by a colleague while both were off-duty naming the other firefighter, the city, the fire chief, two other chief officers, and two company officers; and the $28.5 million settlement of the Vanessa Bryant lawsuit against Los Angeles County over the Kobe Bryant the helicopter crash scene photos.

Alabama Fire Department Sues Florida Cleaner Over Damage to Santa Apparel

Former GA Chief Facing Charges for Use of Credit Card

Court Approves Settlement of Overtime Claims Brought by California Battalion Chiefs

Nashville Sued by Driver Over Collision Due To Hose Falling Off Apparatus

Off-Duty Assault Leads to Suit Against SFFD

LA County Settles With Vanessa Bryant for $28.5 Million

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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