Fire Law Roundup for November 13, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for November 13, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss an investigation report into financial problems with fire companies in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana who are accused of misusing $8.5 million in taxpayer funds; the filing of a suit by the widow of a Buffalo firefighter killed in a building fire earlier this year naming the city, the building owner, and a contractor; the dismissal of a suit by the widower of a firefighter who committed suicide after being harassed at work; a suit filed by an Arizona firefighter who claims he was terminated after he reported illegal conduct by a wildland corrections crew that he was supervising; and an appellate decision upholding the termination of a Boston firefighter for offensive social media posts.

Jefferson Parish Investigation Finds Fire Companies Misspent $8.5 Million

Buffalo LODD Suit Names City, Building Owner and Contractor

Illinois Harassment-Suicide Suit Dismissed By Agreement

Arizona Firefighter Claims Termination Was Retaliation for Reporting Illegal Conduct

Termination of Boston Firefighter For Offensive Posts Upheld

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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