Fire Law Roundup for May 1, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for May 1, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a suit brought by a woman who was injured by a fire hose being dragged by a Dallas fire truck; a suit by the former fire chief in Cincinnati claiming his termination violated his right to due process and violated the city charter; a suit brought by two New Jersey fire officers claiming their promotional system disadvantages Black firefighters;  a suit brought by a Missouri fire chief who was fired in January alleging race discrimination and retaliation; and the resolution of two cases we have been following for some time, one out of San Jose, California and the other out of Westfield, Massachusetts.

Dallas Fire Sued By Woman Struck By Hose

Recently Fired Cincinnati Fire Chief Sues City, Mayor and City Manager

Black NJ Fire Officers File Suit Claiming Promotional Process is Discriminatory

Missouri Chief Alleges His Termination Was Retaliation

Catching Up on Past Headlines: San Jose CA and Westfield MA

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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