Fire Law Roundup for September 18, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for September 18, 2023, attorney Bill Podszus and Curt discuss a wrongful termination suit filed by the former fire chief in Kalamazoo, Michigan; a suit filed by the union president for the Mountain View Fire Protection District in Colorado alleging his termination was retaliation for his union activities; a wrongful death suit filed over an apparatus accident in Illinois; a ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals holding that a full-time department can be financially responsible for a firefighter who suffers a career-ending injury even though that firefighter is working for a different fire department; and a decision by a US District Court dismissing the federal race discrimination claims of a Wichita fire captain.

Michigan Fire Chief Challenges Termination

Colorado Union President Challenges Termination

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Illinois Over Apparatus Accident

Minnesota Two-Hatter Prevails in Disability Claim

Court Dismisses Wichita Captain’s Federal Claims

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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