Fire Law Roundup for March 25, 2024

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for March 25, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss criminal charges brought against an Illinois firefighter for stealing drugs and breaking into a car at a firehouse; a ruling in a lawsuit brought by a Wisconsin captain who was demoted; problems in the UK with regards to a non-firefighter chairperson of a fire department who declared that the department was institutionally racist; an unfair labor practice complaint filed against a Massachusetts community over the non-renewal of a fire chief’s employment agreement; and yes another lawsuit involving a response with police to a mental health emergency where medics administered a sedative resulting in the patient’s death.

Illinois Firefighter Facing Drug and Theft Charges

Court Refuses to Dismiss Due Process Demotion Case

UK Parliament Questions Fire Service Leader on Institutional Racism Claim

Non-Renewal of Fire Chief’s Contract Prompts ULP Complaint

Another Assisting Police Lawsuit in the News

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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