Fire Officer's Legal Handbook / Edition 1

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The legal guidance that fire service leaders have been seeking can finally be found in one book! This all-inclusive legal reference includes discussions, cases and examples that will truly speak to a variety of fire chiefs and officers, municipal officials, emergency managers, and attorneys. The book includes explanations of laws as they relate to firefighting, and covers a broad range of topics including negligence, due process and discipline, Internet privacy, civil liability, employee issues such as drug testing, rescue doctrine, fireground search and seizure, and much more. Detailed case summaries and examples from the most significant disasters in fire service history help lend a real-life aspect to the legal topics at hand. An accompanying back-of-book CD-ROM includes over 5,000 laws from all 50 states that apply to the fire service, covering topics such as line of duty injuries, residency requirements, and liability. In addition, every arson law in the United States is listed on this valuable CD, which is easily searchable and navigated.

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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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