Fire Law Roundup for March 4, 2024

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for March 4, 2024, Curt and Bill Maccarone discuss a lawsuit challenging a large budget increase levied by a fire district in New York; the settlement of a wrongful death suit brought by the family of a homeless woman run over by a fire truck; a ruling upholding the Cleveland Fire Department’s ban of facial hair at the SCBA interface; an $80 settlement by a California utility with the US Forest Service over damages and costs associated with the Thomas Fire; and a decision by an arbitrator to reinstate two previously terminated firefighters accused of failing to enter a medical facility in California.

Suit Challenges Fire District’s Budget Increase

Colorado Springs Settles Wrongful Death Suit for $160k

Court Upholds Cleveland Fire’s No Beard Policy

California Utility Settles With US Forest Service for $80 Million

Arbitrator Reinstates California Firefighters

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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