Fire Law Blog is a Fire Service and Public Safety Legal Issues Blog by Curt Varone. Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine.
A Pennsylvania ambulance driver pled guilty this week to homicide charges related to a vehicle accident that resulted in the deaths of two people, including his passenger-patient. On Monday, Jeffrey R. Gable, of the Trust Ambulance pled guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault by vehicle, and three summary traffic violations.
A Camden fire captain who was seriously injured at a fire last year has filed suit against the city claiming the fire chief’s decision to assign him two probationary firefighters was responsible for his injuries. Captain Robert Eckert was injured January 31, 2018 when he was struck in the head by a hose coupling.
Today’s burning question: I was walking in an older part of the city of [redacted] recently when I tripped and fell, hitting an uncapped standpipe connection on the way down. The edge of the standpipe was jagged and rusty. I now have a significant injury to my face as a result that required plastic surgery. Can I sue the fire department for my injury?
A Washington fire captain who was terminated for ignoring orders to stop sending religious-themes emails over the department’s email system has reached a settlement of his First Amendment religious discrimination suit. Former Spokane Valley captain Jon Sprague has agreed to settle his suit against the Spokane Valley Fire Department for close to $1 million.
A Cuban-American firefighter who claims he was subjected to a harassment on account of his ancestry, religion and disability, has filed suit in state court against Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Eduardo Mesa claims during his initial recruit academy in 2016, a captain harassed him for a medical condition that caused him to blink and close his eyes frequently.
A New York fire chief who was terminated in 2017, has lost the second lawsuit he filed in an effort to get his job back. U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford ruled yesterday the City of Canandaigua did not violate the 1st or 14th Amendments when it terminated Fire Chief Mark Marentette.
A New Jersey fire captain who was fired after being filmed shoveling snow while off with an injury, is now suing to get his job jack. Paterson fire captain James Reyes filed suit last month in Passaic County Superior Court seeking reinstatement.
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision by the District of Columbia
Police and Firefighters' Retirement and Relief Board that disabling stress associated with sexual harassment and/or a sexual assault does not qualify a firefighter for a performance of duty disability pension.
A Muslim firefighter who claims he suffered years of harassment because of his race and religion, has settled his federal court lawsuit with the city and a lieutenant. Raheem Hassan filed suit earlier this year alleging race discrimination, religious discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination under state law, discrimination under city law, and violations of his 1st, 4th, 5th and 14th Amendment Rights.
The husband of a woman who was run over by a backing fire truck is appealing a ruling that granted immunity to the fire department. Lorri Riehm, 53, was killed in 2016 when she was run over by a Green Springs Rural Volunteer Fire Department vehicle that was repositioning at the scene of a water rescue incident.