Fire Law Roundup for October 30, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for October 30, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss the discipline of three officers in the Casper Fire EMS Department; an Ohio firefighter charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal apparatus accident; a Florida Court of Appeals ruling granting workers comp benefits to the widow of a firefighter who died from brain cancer; a suit against the US Forest Service over three deaths due to flooding in an area of New Mexico ravaged by wildland fire; and a ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals allowing a suit by an injured fire captain against a property owner despite the firefighter’s rule.

Discipline Problems in Casper Fire Prompt Media Deep-Dive

Ohio Firefighter Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Death Benefits Awarded to Florida Firefighter Who Died of Brain Cancer

US Forest Service Sued for New Mexico Flash Flood Deaths

Indiana Appeals Court Upholds Firefighter’s Right to Sue Despite Firefighter’s Rule

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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