Fire Officer's Legal Handbook / Edition 1

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The first of its kind in the field of fire fighting, this allinclusive book provides a comprehensive, one-stop reference for a spectrum of legal issues concerning the world of fire fighting. Topics include a broad range of fire fighting issues, including an explanation of the laws as they relate to firefighting, criminal offenses and procedure, civil liability, negligence, employment issues and labor relations, discrimination, harassment, public accountability, and more. Specific cases are outlined and summarized, and provide an insider's look at proceedings that affect the decisions made in the fire service today. Benefits:
• reader-friendly format allows complex legal concerns to be easily understood
• specific fire-related cases provide a realistic framework for situations that officers may face on the job
• current cases help readers keep pace with the latest laws affecting the fire service
• photos bring to life some of the most traumatic fire events, highlighting importance lessons learned and the necessity of understanding fire law
• an accompanying online companion for state-specific laws, links, and research provides officers with additional reference material

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Editorial Reviews

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"I found the text easy to read…this was written for the fire service by a fire service person, and it showed… I do envision using this book for training officers, as a refresher tool for current officers, and selected sections for promotional processes. It serves as a guide to ensure that we are following the law during daily operations and when we create or revise policies." - Thomas G. Weber CFO, EFO, MPA; Fire Chief, Port Orange Department of Fire & Rescue, Port Orange, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418041137
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/12/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Curtis Varone has been in the fire service for more than 38 years, with experience as a career, volunteer, and paid on-call firefighter. He also has twenty-six years experience as a practicing attorney representing firefighters and fire departments. Curt retired from the Providence Fire Department, Providence, RI, as Deputy Assistant Chief in 2008, served as the Director of the Public Fire Protection Division at the NFPA, and now serves as the Director of the Fire Service Division of Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute. He is also a faculty member of Providence College's Fire Science program.

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Table of Contents

Types and Sources of Laws. Courts and Court Systems. Types of Fire Departments. Administrative Agencies. Criminal Law. Criminal Procedure. Civil Liability Issues. Negligence. Immunity from Liability. Contract Law and Employment Issues. Labor Law and Collective Bargaining. Employee Rights and Discrimination. Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Employment Discrimination. Fair Labor, Family Medical Leave, Residency and Drug Testing. Public Accountability Laws.

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