Legal Considerations for Fire & Emergency Services, 3rd Edition

J. Curtis Varone
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Legal Considerations for Fire & Emergency Services, 3rd Edition

By J. Curtis Varone

The third edition of Legal Considerations for Fire & Emergency Services is a reader-friendly guide to the challenging legal issues that firefighters and emergency service personnel encounter.

Written by J. Curtis Varone, a practicing attorney as well as an experienced firefighter, this book explores such key topics as fire department liability, search and seizure, sovereign immunity, overtime laws, collective bargaining, OSHA compliance, workers’ compensation, physical abilities testing, medical examinations, drug testing, discrimination, and sexual harassment. It is a perfect textbook for any course on fire service law as well as an indispensable desk reference for day-to-day fire department administration.

Features of the new 3rd Edition:

  • Updated cases on several topics including residency requirements, employment discrimination, and more
  • Expanded treatment of hot topics such as digital imagery, social media, and electronic surveillance
  • Meets the latest requirements for FESHE’s Legal Aspects of the Fire Service curriculum
  • Many new photos and graphics to help connect cases to day-to-day issues in the fire service
  • Coverage of recent changes to search and seizure law, use of digital photos and social media by emergency personnel, and fire department liability


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Correlations Grid
  • Introduction
  • 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, drug testing, electronic monitoring, digital imagery, and social networking
  • Public accountability laws
  • EMS law
  • Appendix A Constitution of the United States of America
  • Appendix B For further reference
  • Glossary
  • Index

Instructor Curriculum Available-click here!

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  • 5
    excellent book to understand why policies are written a certian way

    Posted by Tim O'Brien on Nov 30th 2017

    The book was required reading for our Commander exam. It is very well written with examples that help relate laws to our profession. I'd really appreciate seeing this book become an audio book in the future so I can listen to it again and again. The Varone web pod casts do a great job of keeping you up to date with the latest cases too. Make sure you sign up and listen to those pod casts for additional information. This is a must read for all officers regardless of rank. I also used the instructor CD and tests which will help me, "Pass It On" to others in the future teaching the class to my subordinates. Thanks for making the book.

  • 4
    Good Overview

    Posted by Dylan Ferguson on Nov 20th 2016

    I purchased this book with a couple of specific questions in mind. Not only did it answer my questions, the text also provided various case examples showing applications of the material presented