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Fire department legal proceedings are expensive, time-consuming and emotionally draining, and they cause permanent reputational damage. Even more importantly, a legal proceeding almost always means someone—a firefighter, the department, a citizen—has been harmed. Even “winning” a lawsuit by successfully defending the department doesn’t change that.
Considering these risks, you might expect fire service leaders to have an excellent grasp on why fire departments get sued. Yet fire department liability—especially differences in volunteer vs. career departments—is not well understood.
Join Curt Varone and Billy Goldfeder for analysis from a database of more than 7,500 legal proceedings filed against career and volunteer fire departments. This information will help fire service personnel of all ranks better understand the legal risks facing them—and focus on how to prevent such risks from taking root in their departments.
Curt Varone, JD, EFO
Billy Goldfeder, EFO