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Welcome to Fire Law – where we discuss the most important legal issues facing the American fire service!!! Join your host, Curt Varone, as we consider the often bizarre, at times humorous, but always challenging issues!

Latest Episodes

Podcast # 27: Compensation for EMS Training Time

In this episode, Curt discusses an FLSA lawsuit filed by a Memphis firefighter, Jon Misewicz, over the issue of whether firefighters had to be compensated for attending mandatory paramedic training. Misewizc v. City of Memphis is the definitive ruling on the compensability of EMS training time for firefighters.

37 MINAUG 22
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Podcast # 27: Compensation for EMS Training Time

Episode 26 Tucson Nursing Mothers Act Case

In this episode, Curt and Tucson attorney Jeff Jacobson discuss the case of Tucson Firefighter-Paramedic Carrie Clark. On April 12, 2019 a federal court jury awarded Clark $3.8 million for gender discrimination and retaliation, and violations of the Nursing Mothers Act (which is a part of the Fair Labor Standards Act) and FLSA retaliation. Jeff was Clark’s attorney.

33 MINAPR 22
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Episode 26 Tucson Nursing Mothers Act Case

Fire Law Episode 25: Illinois Fire Protection District Files Opioid Lawsuit

The Orland Park Fire Protection District joined 13 Illinois communities in filing suit against drug manufacturers and distributors over the opioid epidemic. In this episode, Curt discusses the suit with attorney Ari Scharg, who represents Orland Park.

27 MIN2018 JUL 21
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Fire Law Episode 25: Illinois Fire Protection District Files Opioid Lawsuit

Episode 24: Pink Collar Theft In The Fire Service

In this episode, Curt discusses a little known problem, Pink Collar Crime, with Kelly Paxton. Kelly runs the web site pinkcollarfraud.com and is helping to debunk the myths that many of us hold about fire service embezzlement.

27 MIN2018 JAN 11
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Episode 24: Pink Collar Theft In The Fire Service

Podcast 23: Drone Law Update

In this episode, Curt discusses drone law with Dr. Thomas Abbott and Civil Air Patrol Commander Daniel Leclair from the University of Maine’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems program. Tom is the director of the university’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems program and Dan is one of the instructors in the program.

28 MIN2017 JUN 28
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Podcast 23: Drone Law Update

Podcast 22: Hazing, Pranks and Bullying in the Fire Service

In this episode, Curt and Linda Willing discuss the cultural and legal challenges associated with hazing, pranks and bullying in the fire service. Linda is a retired fire officer from the Boulder (CO) Fire Department, and is now a noted author, columnist and lecturer. She is the author of On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories, and is a monthly columnist for FireRescue1 and Fire Chief.

38 MIN2017 JUN 26
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Podcast 22: Hazing, Pranks and Bullying in the Fire Service

Podcast 21: Prince George’s County Fireground Altercation Case – The Lawyer’s Edition

In this episode, Curt and attorney Brian Bregman discuss the complicated legal issues associated with disciplinary investigations where the accused firefighters are potentially subject to criminal liability – and may have a 5th Amendment Right to remain silent. Brian represented one of two Prince George’s County volunteer firefighters who were recently acquitted of assaulting two female career firefighters at the scene of a structure fire in 2015. In the case important Garrity issues arose in terms of whether the volunteers could be compelled to answer questions, thereby giving up their 5th Amendment Right to remain silent. The question also arose as to whether the county or the members’ volunteer fire company was legally able to compel the answers.

64 MIN2017 JUN 2
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Podcast 21: Prince George’s County Fireground Altercation Case – The Lawyer’s Edition

Podcast 20: Prince George’s County Fireground Altercation Case

In this episode, Curt discusses the recent acquittal of two Prince George’s County volunteer firefighters with Attorney Brian Bregman. Brian represented one of the firefighters accused of assaulting two female career firefighters at the scene of a structure fire in 2015.

60 MIN2017 MAY 23
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Podcast 20: Prince George’s County Fireground Altercation Case

Podcast 19: Dealing with the Toxic Employee

In this episode, Curt and attorney Matt Dolan discuss the leadership challenge of dealing with the toxic employee. Approximately 60 percent of fire service litigation are HR-types of suits, and many of those lawsuits involve the 1% who make everyone’s lives more difficult: the toxic employee. Curt and Matt will be presenting a program on Fire Service Leadership in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 15-16, 2017. Click here for more details.

34 MIN2017 APR 22
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Podcast 19: Dealing with the Toxic Employee

Fire Law Podcast 18 - Cyberbullying in the Fire Service

In this episode Curt and retired Battalion Chief John Cagno discuss cyberbullying in the fire service. The discussion ranges from legal considerations to leadership responsibilities.

38 MIN2017 MAR 24
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Fire Law Podcast 18 - Cyberbullying in the Fire Service

Latest Episodes

Podcast # 27: Compensation for EMS Training Time

In this episode, Curt discusses an FLSA lawsuit filed by a Memphis firefighter, Jon Misewicz, over the issue of whether firefighters had to be compensated for attending mandatory paramedic training. Misewizc v. City of Memphis is the definitive ruling on the compensability of EMS training time for firefighters.

37 MINAUG 22
Comments
Podcast # 27: Compensation for EMS Training Time

Episode 26 Tucson Nursing Mothers Act Case

In this episode, Curt and Tucson attorney Jeff Jacobson discuss the case of Tucson Firefighter-Paramedic Carrie Clark. On April 12, 2019 a federal court jury awarded Clark $3.8 million for gender discrimination and retaliation, and violations of the Nursing Mothers Act (which is a part of the Fair Labor Standards Act) and FLSA retaliation. Jeff was Clark’s attorney.

33 MINAPR 22
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Episode 26 Tucson Nursing Mothers Act Case

Fire Law Episode 25: Illinois Fire Protection District Files Opioid Lawsuit

The Orland Park Fire Protection District joined 13 Illinois communities in filing suit against drug manufacturers and distributors over the opioid epidemic. In this episode, Curt discusses the suit with attorney Ari Scharg, who represents Orland Park.

27 MIN2018 JUL 21
Comments
Fire Law Episode 25: Illinois Fire Protection District Files Opioid Lawsuit

Episode 24: Pink Collar Theft In The Fire Service

In this episode, Curt discusses a little known problem, Pink Collar Crime, with Kelly Paxton. Kelly runs the web site pinkcollarfraud.com and is helping to debunk the myths that many of us hold about fire service embezzlement.

27 MIN2018 JAN 11
Comments
Episode 24: Pink Collar Theft In The Fire Service

Podcast 23: Drone Law Update

In this episode, Curt discusses drone law with Dr. Thomas Abbott and Civil Air Patrol Commander Daniel Leclair from the University of Maine’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems program. Tom is the director of the university’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems program and Dan is one of the instructors in the program.

28 MIN2017 JUN 28
Comments
Podcast 23: Drone Law Update

Podcast 22: Hazing, Pranks and Bullying in the Fire Service

In this episode, Curt and Linda Willing discuss the cultural and legal challenges associated with hazing, pranks and bullying in the fire service. Linda is a retired fire officer from the Boulder (CO) Fire Department, and is now a noted author, columnist and lecturer. She is the author of On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories, and is a monthly columnist for FireRescue1 and Fire Chief.

38 MIN2017 JUN 26
Comments
Podcast 22: Hazing, Pranks and Bullying in the Fire Service

Podcast 21: Prince George’s County Fireground Altercation Case – The Lawyer’s Edition

In this episode, Curt and attorney Brian Bregman discuss the complicated legal issues associated with disciplinary investigations where the accused firefighters are potentially subject to criminal liability – and may have a 5th Amendment Right to remain silent. Brian represented one of two Prince George’s County volunteer firefighters who were recently acquitted of assaulting two female career firefighters at the scene of a structure fire in 2015. In the case important Garrity issues arose in terms of whether the volunteers could be compelled to answer questions, thereby giving up their 5th Amendment Right to remain silent. The question also arose as to whether the county or the members’ volunteer fire company was legally able to compel the answers.

64 MIN2017 JUN 2
Comments
Podcast 21: Prince George’s County Fireground Altercation Case – The Lawyer’s Edition

Podcast 20: Prince George’s County Fireground Altercation Case

In this episode, Curt discusses the recent acquittal of two Prince George’s County volunteer firefighters with Attorney Brian Bregman. Brian represented one of the firefighters accused of assaulting two female career firefighters at the scene of a structure fire in 2015.

60 MIN2017 MAY 23
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Podcast 20: Prince George’s County Fireground Altercation Case

Podcast 19: Dealing with the Toxic Employee

In this episode, Curt and attorney Matt Dolan discuss the leadership challenge of dealing with the toxic employee. Approximately 60 percent of fire service litigation are HR-types of suits, and many of those lawsuits involve the 1% who make everyone’s lives more difficult: the toxic employee. Curt and Matt will be presenting a program on Fire Service Leadership in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 15-16, 2017. Click here for more details.

34 MIN2017 APR 22
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Podcast 19: Dealing with the Toxic Employee

Fire Law Podcast 18 - Cyberbullying in the Fire Service

In this episode Curt and retired Battalion Chief John Cagno discuss cyberbullying in the fire service. The discussion ranges from legal considerations to leadership responsibilities.

38 MIN2017 MAR 24
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Fire Law Podcast 18 - Cyberbullying in the Fire Service
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